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Illustrated Legends of Scotland’s Kings and Queens

Theresa Breslin
Liza Tretyakova


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Range: Story Books and Anthologies Hardback 144 pages colour illustrations 278 x 216 mm ISBN: 9781782508120 Publication date: 18th August 2022
Genre: Traditional stories Themes: Scottish Folklore, Scottish History Ideal for ages: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
Strong queens, wise kings, secret plots and fierce battles -- discover the historic legends of Scotland's most famous monarchs.

In this stunning collection, Carnegie-award-winning children's author Theresa Breslin tells captivating tales of ten significant Scottish kings and queens alongside informative historical introductions, all sumptuously illustrated by Liza Tretyakova.

Children will experience history up close -- rescuing the Stone of Destiny with Scotland's first king, Kenneth McAlpin, battling at Bannockburn with Robert the Bruce, making friends with young Mary, Queen of Scots, and braving a would-be assassin with Queen Victoria.

Inspired by historical sources and ancient legends, Breslin's stories are by turns thrilling, surprising and heart-warming. This unique anthology brings to life fascinating, influential characters from the past and offers vivid glimpses of Scotland emerging as a nation.

Illustrated Legends of Scotland's Kings and Queens is a beautiful celebration of Scottish heritage that will be treasured for a lifetime.


Praise for An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales:

'A sublime collection of folk stories ... Theresa Breslin's retellings are pristine, sparkling.'
-- The Guardian

'A delightful and varied collection of stories from all over Scotland. Theresa Breslin's style is so compelling and chatty that you feel she is sitting in the room with you, telling you her favourite tales of kelpies and brownies, talking birds, sheepdogs and selkies. This is a beautiful book, which will be treasured by children in Scotland and far afield.'
-- Julia Donaldson, former Children's Laureate

'This is a lovely book enhanced with the most beautiful illustrations. Folk stories have not lost their appeal in the modern world -- it is books like this that will keep them alive.
-- Alexander McCall Smith

Praise for An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures:

'This is a rare delight; a harmonious braiding of pitch-perfect storytelling with illustrations of breathtaking elegance and integrity. Every home should have at least one copy.'
-- Debi Gliori

'The book is full of colour and atmosphere and style, a testament to the partnership of writer and illustrator.'
-- The Scotsman

'‘Tis the season also for sumptuously-illustrated gift books. Among the most prizeable this year is An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures. Breslin has a gift for bringing the old stories to life.'
-- Herald Scotland

'Lively yarn-spinning, delightful illustrations, and handsome bookmaking again make a winning combination.'
-- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Castle Legends:

'A glorious collection of traditional stories. The perfect gift.'
-- Vivian French

'The castles of Scotland are storied places -- literally -- as we learn from Theresa Breslin's engaging narrative.'
-- The Wall Street Journal

Illustrated Legends of Scotland's Kings and Queens


Theresa Breslin OBE is a multi-award-winning author of over 50 books for children and young adults. Her work has been filmed for television, adapted for stage, broadcast on radio, translated world-wide and won many literary prizes, including the Carnegie Medal. She lives near Glasgow, Scotland…

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Liza Tretyakova is a prize-winning illustrator from Russia. She has a BA in Illustration from the University of Plymouth, UK and studied History of Art at Moscow State University, Russia. Liza illustrates for advertising campaigns and children’s books. She currently lives in Moscow.

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