The Flight of the Golden Bird
Scottish Folk Tales for Children
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'Stories are something you carry with you, something to last your entire life, to be passed on to your children, and their children for evermore.' -- Duncan Williamson
Duncan Williamson, one of Scotland's Travelling People, has been celebrated as the bearer of Scotland's greatest national treasure: one of the richest troves of story and song in Europe. In this collection, he passes on some of these wonderful children's folk and fairy tales. For over sixty years Duncan travelled around Scotland -- on foot, then in a horse and cart, and later an old van -- collecting stories, which not only come from the Travelling People but from the crofters, farmers and shepherds he met along the way.
The Flight of the Golden Bird includes stories about silver horses and clever foxes, cunning lions and trilling nightingales, brave princesses and magic scarecrows, the four seasons and old Father Time. At the heart of each story is a lesson about life and what it means to be a good person. The stories have been written down as faithfully as possible to Duncan's unique storytelling voice, full of colour, humour and life.
'There have been several compilations of Scottish stories over the years but this one is rather special. It is not just a collection of stories, but of morals and attitudes, of the lessons that children learn about right and wrong and how to behave in such a way that the world keeps going round ... a delightful collection of tales that any child will love.'
-- Lothian Life
'There's a rewarding mix of humor, trickery and devotion, along with cautionary tales about spiders and flies, safety in numbers and listening to gossip... Storytellers and those who enjoy reading aloud will find this an excellent resource filled with lively language.'
-- Kirkus Reviews