Monday, December 14, 2015

A Scottish Year: Twelve Months in the Life of Scotland's Kids

A Scottish Year
written by Tania McCartney; illustrated by Tina Sterling
2015 (EK Books)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher

We go fishing in the burn with Grandpa. 

In our second grade classroom, we have spent a few weeks working on comparing texts. Luckily, I have A Scottish Year to compare to the previously reviewed An English Year. Both books feature 5 children from different cultures that are part of their home country's tapestry. With Scotland, we have three children whose families are native Scots and two who hail from other countries (Pakistan and Poland). Each month is presented in a two page spread with colorful illustrations accompanying several one sentence descriptions of events taking place during that time. For example, in March bulbs start to sprout. This would be a good comparison to American gardens. Celebrations include Red Nose Day, which is an opportunity for citizens to get together to do something funny to raise money for charity. In Scotland, Mother's Day falls in March and clocks go spring forward for British Summer Time. In the back matter, you find a fabulous map of the regions of Scotland.

If you are teaching country studies as part of your holidays around the world unit, you would be wise to find this book. You can use it to compare to other countries and find similarities and differences. Did you know the unicorn is the official animal of Scotland? Me neither. This book is full of cool facts like this.With perhaps the exception of haggis, I'm ready to embrace A Scottish Year. Now to find a good strong coat for the weather!

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