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Speed Bonnie Boat

A Tale from Scottish History Inspired by the Skye Boat Song

Alfredo Belli

£6.99

Range: Traditional Scottish Tales Paperback 24 pages colour illustrations 234 x 296 mm ISBN: 9781782503675 Publication date: 16 March 2017
Genres: Historical, Traditional stories Theme: Scottish Folklore Ideal for ages: 5, 6, 7 and 8

Speed, bonnie boat,
like a bird on the wing,
“Onward!” the sailors cry;
Carry the lad who’s born to be king
Over the sea to Skye.

Join heroic Bonnie Prince Charlie and Flora MacDonald on their dramatic journey, in a book inspired by the much-loved Skye Boat Song.

Reviews

'A simply stunning picture book... unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school and community library picture book collections for young readers.'
-- Midwest Book Review, March 2017

'The images are sweeping and yet personal, and the loyalty of the prince's followers is evident in their actions and demeanor. '
-- Goodreads

'Faithfully and skillfully illustrated.'
-- Youth Services Book Review

'A rendition more poignant than patriotic with, at least in the rhymed portions, the cadence of a lullaby.'
-- Kirkus

'Alfredo Belli [...] has captured the dangers of the sea-journey to Skye and the loyaty, comfort and hope that were given to the young prince by the spirited Flora.'
-- School Library Association

'The verses are brought to life by Alfredo Belli's atmospheric illustrations, with simple historical explanations about Bonnie Prince Charlie and Flora MacDonald's voyage from Benbecula to Skye, adding a welcome dimension.'
-- West Coast Review

Speed Bonnie Boat

Illustrator

Alfredo Belli lives and works in Rome. He illustrates children's books and school textbooks on behalf of different publishers, spanning age ranges from preschool through teen. He also contributes to various advertising agencies, graphic and web design studios as an illustrator and visualizer. An all-round artist, he uses a wide-range of styles and techniques, utilizing pencils, inks, watercolours, acrylic paints, oil pastels, digital and mixed media...not necessarily all together.

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