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There was a Wee Lassie who swallowed a Midgie, by Rebecca Colby and Kate McLelland

There was a wee lassieWe had such a fun start to the week celebrating the life of the Scottish poet Robert Burns here in Scotland. Helena learned about and read Burn’s poetry in school and Florence painted tartan, danced to Highland music and baked (and ate) traditional shortbread. After school we took a trip to the library and chose some really fun picture books relating to Scotland such as Hairy Maclarey by Lynley Dodd, The Katie Morag Stories by Mairi Hedderwick and Katie in Scotland by James Mayhew.

Just as we were leaving I spotted this book which is a re-writing of the traditional tale ‘There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly’. Remember that one? It was a favourite of Helena’s when she was younger so I had a feeling this was going to be good. And it was! It is such a brilliant book!

There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie  had the whole family smiling! So it goes like this – the ‘old lady’ is swopped out with a ‘wee lassie’ and she swallows a ‘midgie’ rather than a ‘fly’. The hilarious twist goes on with the wee lassie swallowing a puffin, a Scottie dog, a seal, a nessie and even a loch! Together with the brightly humoured illustrations this book is generously peppered with fun! We loved the book so much we ordered it from Amazon that very same evening.

little wee lassie

PS I rather think Florence looks like a wee lassie in this photo too with her red hair up in pigtails!

Vanessa xx


Comments (6)

Courtney in London
February 3, 2016

This book sounds so cute! And Florence is the most adorable wee lassie imaginable. xx

February 3, 2016

Thank you so much for this recommendation. I too have a red haired wee lassie who likes to wear her hair in pigtails and I am sure she will love this book.

February 3, 2016

HIlarious! We lived in Fife for two years, gorgeous. I must order that book!

February 3, 2016

What a beautiful little girl you have! And the book looks wonderful.

February 3, 2016

Thanks for the recommendation – my Goddaughter is about to turn 6 and lives in America but her Mother is Scottish and Grandparents live in Edinburgh, what sort of age is the book aimed at? Thanks!

Vanessa in Scotland
February 15, 2016

Both my girls really enjoy this book – Florence is 4 and Helena is 8. My 8 year old really enjoys reading it to Florence and likewise Florence loves making up the story herself. I think it’s perfect for your Goddaughter. Vanessa x

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