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Thistle Street

Mike Nicholson
Claire Keay


Range: Picture Kelpies Paperback 32 pages colour illustrations 230 x 265 mm ISBN: 9780863159107 Publication date: 20th September 2012
Genre: Humour Theme: Scots Language Ideal for ages: 3, 4, 5 and 6
Welcome to colourful Thistle Street! It's BRAW! Come for a DAUNDER, stop for a BLETHER with the locals and let's see what the STUSHIE is about!

Bairns the world over will love the folk they meet and the Scots words they learn spending a day in a Scottish village.


'Thistle Street' sells itself as a "braw Scots story for bairns". And so it is!... The book creates a warm sense of a bustling community with its friendly words and dynamic pictures.'
-- The Scotsman

'What's lovely about this is that the language introduces fantastic Scots words like stushie and clarty and crabbit ... the value of having a book that celebrates these wonderful words is something special and the simple drawings are easy to follow.'
-- Lothian Life

'This funny story, told in bright rhyming verse, is full of the lively characters who work and live on the street ... Packed with details to spot on each page, the warm illustrations will draw children into the friendly neighbourhood of Thistle Street.'
-- MADE: Mums and Dads Edinburgh

'What a terrific way to learn a few strange sounding Scottish terms! It is like learning a whole new language.'
--Early Years Educator

'A great book which gives a real flavour of Scotland and its culture.'
-- Creative Steps

'A charming, funny and traditional story with gentle watercolour illustrations bringing the text to life and providing plenty of detail to spot, this is a story which also introduces the concept of new words through dialect. Intelligent and clever, fun and lively: a charming book.'
-- The School Librarian

Thistle Street


Mike Nicholson won the Kelpies Prize 2005 for new Scottish writing for children with his first novel for children, Catscape. He’s also the author of children’s novel Grimm and three Scottish picture books, Thistle Street, Thistle Sands and Thistle Games, which celebrate Scots words. He…

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Claire Keay is an artist and illustrator based in Essex in England. Claire has illustrated four previous children’s books, including three Picture Kelpies: Thistle Street, Thistle Sands and The Magic Word. She also illustrates greeting cards and sells her paintings worldwide.

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