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Thistle Games

A Braw Scots Story for Bairns

Mike Nicholson Illustrated by Jo Litchfield

32 pp.  
10 1/2" x 9"

Floris Books


Published:  May 2016


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!

Jump, dance, sprint, and toss the caber—and learn fun Scottish words along the way! Told in bright rhyming verse, this story is full of the lively Scottish characters you met in Thistle Street and Thistle Sands, plus a whole host more.

(Ages 3 to 6 years)

Praise for Thistle Sands:

“My nine and six-year old loved Thistle Sands, a title pitched at younger childresn -- 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 London Times

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