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Robert the Bruce: The King and the Spider

The King and the Spider

Teresa Martinez


Range: Traditional Scottish Tales Paperback 24 pages colour illustrations 242 x 283 mm ISBN: 9781782505587 Publication date: 21st March 2019
Robert the Bruce, king of Scotland, has escaped to lonely exile in a secret cave after a crushing defeat in battle. There, in his darkest moments, he spots a tiny spider trying, and failing, to spin its web.

Inspired by the spider’s determination, the rebel king returns to the fight for Scottish freedom -- and victory at the Battle of Bannockburn.

The much-loved legend of the king and the spider, and Robert the Bruce’s victory in the Scottish Wars of Independence, are beautifully brought to life in historically detailed illustrations.


'What I enjoyed most about this book was the message that if you do not first succeed, you should always try again... This is such an important message for young children to see that sometimes you have to try many times before you are successful. I can see this story being used to open up dialogue on this topic... Perfect.'
-- Youth Services Book Review, 5 stars

'Enriches the legend for readers of all ages -- from children encountering the story of the King and the Spider for the first time, to those for whom it is a familiar cornerstone of culture... Teresa Martinez is gifted at conveying the mood of each scene as well as details of period and landscape. We especially enjoyed hunting for a spider deftly hidden on each spread.'
-- Roaring Reads

Robert the Bruce: The King and the Spider


Teresa Martinez was born and brought up in rural Mexico, moving to Monterrey to go to school. She studied graphic design and painting before becoming a children’s book illustrator.

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