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There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie

Rebecca Colby
Kate McLelland


Range: Picture Kelpies Paperback 24 pages colour illustrations 248 x 286 mm ISBN: 9781782508076 Publication date: 21st April 2022
Genres: Animals, Humour Ideal for ages: 3, 4, 5 and 6
There was a wee lassie who swallowed a midgie. I don't know why she swallowed the midgie, so teeny and squidgy!

But what will she swallow to catch the midgie? A hilarious Scottish twist on a much-loved rhyme.


'There was a young Scottish redhead who swallowed a midge fly. We’re not sure why she did it. To catch the tiny fly, she also swallowed a slippery trout, a puffin, a black Scottish terrier, an eagle, a seal, a Highland cow, and a Nessie. She did all this without a single problem. She probably could have kept swallowing more things, but when she drank an entire lake, it finally washed all the animals out.
This picture book is a delightful Scottish version of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. Told in rhyme, the story is just as silly, and the illustrations cleverly depict each stage of the cumulative in an aesthetically pleasing color scheme that is reminiscent of Scottish tartans. As an easy and entertaining way to introduce Scottish animals, this would be a great book to use with young children who are learning about Scotland.'
-- BYU Children's Book & Media Review

'The repetition and humour are ideal for reading aloud and, combined with Kate McLelland's funny, engaging illustrations, would be very popular with young children.'
-- St John's Church Magazine

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Rebecca Colby lives in North Yorkshire, England, with her husband and children. There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie was her first book.

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Kate McLelland is an accomplished illustrator and printmaker. She trained in illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She is the illustrator of bestselling picture book There Was A Wee Lassie Who Swallowed A Midgie and the much-loved My First Scottish board book series, which includes…

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