Speed Bonnie Boat: A book for children inspired by the Skye Boat Song – illustrated by Alfredo Belli

     Speed Bonnie Boat: A book for children inspired by the Skye Boat Song – illustrated by Alfredo Belli, Picture Kelpies. (9781782503675), 2017

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? Faithfully and skillfully illustrated, this book tells the story behind the words of the Skye Boat Song. Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Stuart), thought by many, to be the rightful king of Scotland, came to Scotland from Italy (where he and his father, James, were in exile) to fight for the right to the throne of Scotland in 1745. The prince’s army was defeated at Culloden in April 1746 where thousands of Scots died. The prince escaped, traveling form place to place to elude capture by the English. Flora MacDonald was instrumental in helping the prince escape to Skye where he finally was able to return to France.

Anything you did not like about this book? I would have liked more historical details at the end.

To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend this to children interested in Scottish history.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Kind of a tough call here: under history of Scotland, or under Music or biography of Bonnie Prince Charlie or in Picture books –

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If you are Scottish or a fan of the Outlander series, yes, otherwise, probably not.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 3/11/2017

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