An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Castle Legends

Floris. Oct. 2019. 176p. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781782505952.
Gr 3 Up–Scotland has a rich, long history. From north to south, its landscape is speckled with castles; each is accompanied by a legend or folktale. Meet the amazing piper of Edinburgh Castle, who finds a second life in Faeryland, and the surprising protector of Glamis Castle, who narrates a tale. Other creatures include the tricky Redcap Goblin, a wily fox, and a clever girl. Learn how the Loch Ness Monster came to be, how two children thwart a wizard’s greed, and the difference between knowledge and wisdom. A map of Scotland with images of the castles appears at the beginning of the book, followed by 11 tales, fluidly told and stunningly illustrated in a large format. The artwork is done in acrylic and ink with pastel on paper and adds detail and visual interest to propel readers forward. The occasional use of a Celtic or Scottish word adds flavor and generally can be understood in context. A glossary at the end, however, provides the definitions.
VERDICT This handsome volume will be an appealing addition to libraries as both source material for programs and for individuals to read and share.

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