“Thistle Games – A brawn Scots story for bairns” by Mike Nicholson and Jo Litchfield

We traveled to Germany in April, so we are staying home this summer. Have to enjoy the time when you are not dependent on school break! Finja had some half day camps at her regular preschool and the climbing gym to give me some time to work (I’m always filling in for some colleagues in the summer) – other than that we enjoyed time to climb, bike and read. Finja is growing too heavy for the jogging stroller, so not as much running as we planned…

But back to our current reading curriculum. Some of you know that I was a Barefoot ambassador for a few months – I love their multicultural books and the motto of their summer reading program: “Read the world”. Although I’m not working for Barefoot anymore and we didn’t sign up for any formal “summer reading program” you might guess that we read a lot – and we love bilingual and diverse books! No better way to spark curiosity and an understanding for other cultures at an early age.

Welcome to the Thistle Games, Scotland's best highland game!

For two days in a row we visited Scotland now – even if it was “just” a mind travel. I have to be honest that even though I’m from Europe I never traveled to Great Britain. So this was new for me, too. We got some great review copies from PictureKelpies, a range of Scottish children’s picture books, all of which have Scottish authors or illustrators, are set in Scotland or have Scottish themes. In perfect sync to the Olympic games we even took part in the “Thistle Games, Scotland’s best Highlands game!”

Thistle Games – A brawn Scots story for bairns” by Mike Nicholson and Jo Litchfield describes the life around the “Thistle Games”, a fictional series of traditional Scottish games and competitions while introducing some of these funny Scottish words. To be honest, I had to use lots of search engines to find out that the “Thistle Games” are indeed a fictional event, but I’m sure there are lots of similar happenings all over Scotland…

“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. Dwam or Lugs anyone? I’m not a big friend of rhymes and the Scottish words made it a little difficult to read out loud at the first time. Our sports fan Finja wanted to read this book again and again, so I think we finally figured it out!

So – are you reading the world this summer?

Thistle Games

More information:
Thistle Games – A brawn Scots story for bairns
written by Mike Nicholson
illustrated by Jo Litchfield
Series: Picture Kelpies
Publisher: Floris Books
ISBN-13: 978-1782502548

I also loved the activity sheet for readers and teachers!

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