Thistle Games

Mike Nicholson; Illustrated by Jo Litchfield

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£5.99
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Available to buy

Quick Look

  • Jump, dance, sprint and toss the caber -- and learn fun Scottish words along the way!
  • Told in bright rhyming verse, his story is full of the lively Scottish characters you've met in Thistle Street and Thistle Sands, plus a whole host more
  • Children will love spotting details and favourite characters in Jo Litchfield's colourful and engaging illustrations

A braw Scots story for bairns! Welcome to the Thistle Games, Scotland's best highland games, where you'll meet lots of friendly folk and learn some fun Scots words.

Format:
paperback
Size:
230 x 265 mm
Publisher:
Floris Books
Subject:
Picture Kelpies
Illustrations:
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 6 years
Extent:
32 pages
ISBN:
9781782502548
Publication date:
17 Mar 2016
Series:
Picture Kelpies

Description

Welcome to the Thistle Games, Scotland's best Highland games, where you'll meet lots of friendly folk and learn some fun Scots words.

Everyone joins in to dance, jump, sprint or even HIRPLE over the line. But watch out you don't get MINGIN and look like a NUMPTY. And cover your LUGS if the pipe band is gie-in it LALDY!

This funny story, told in bright rhyming verse, is full of the lively Scottish characters you've met in Thistle Street and Thistle Sands, plus a whole host more. Packed with detail to spot on each page, the warm illustrations will make children want to high jump, Highland dance and toss the caber!

Reviews

'The book is very enjoyable, flowing with lovely rhymes and cleverly incorporated Scottish words...The unique Scottish focus broadens children’s world view and allows them to draw inferences that a child, a family and a village are more similar than different, regardless of the word, the tool or the game.'
Diane Neylon, Youth Services Book Review

'Thistle Games captures the atmosphere of the Highland Games with humorous details, whilst introducing young readers to the Scottish vernacular.'
--Agnes Guyon, SLA

'“Thistle Games” is a fun little book for everyone who is interested in life in Scotland, Scottish culture and traditions, sports and learning new words.'
--The Reading Castle Blog

Praise for Thistle Sands:
'My nine and six-year old loved Thistle Sands, a title pitched at younger children -- but the desire to learn the Scots for bottom is, apparently, ageless. That, while reading it aloud, they sounded like Arnold Schwarzenegger trying to do a Lossiemouth accent only added to the allure of the tale of seaside japes. The illustrations reminded me of Michael Rosen's We're Going on a Bear Hunt. More crucially, we all learnt the Scots for exhausted (wabbit), and cry (greet), key words for children, parents -- and politicians -- on each side of the Border.'
-- The Times

Author

Mike Nicholson won the Kelpies Prize for new Scottish children's fiction in 2005. He is the author of two other Picture Kelpies, Thistle Street and Thistle Sands, and two stories for children aged 7 and up, Catscape and Grimm. Mike lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Jo Litchfield is a professional illustrator and designer who works from her studio in Derbyshire, England. She studied Graphic Design at Derby University before working as a designer and illustrator for Usborne Publishing. She uses model-making, digital techniques and photography in her work, and has illustrated many children's books.

Links

Thistle Games is in Floris Books' range of Picture Kelpie Scottish children's picture books. Parents of young children might also enjoy the dedicated Picture Kelpies website. Download and print out games, colouring and jokes for your children based on Picture Kelpie favourites, and find out more about these quality Scottish picture books to enjoy together.



Two other great stories by Mike Nicholson, for children aged 7+:
Catscape
Grimm

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