Sunday, 12 December 2010

BOOK REVIEW - KATIE MORAG and the Dancing Class

The cover is slightly different on the copy we borrowed (it was green around the edges)
Thanks to the childrens' "Scottish roots" we have become familiar with the Katie Morag books.  Young Katie Morag lives on the Isle of Struay and manages to get herself into all sorts of adventures and usually a few scrapes!  The books are written by Mairi Hedderwick.

Since Isobel is enjoying ballet, we ordered Katie Morag and the Dancing Class through inter-library loans.

The Scottish Book Trust describes the book as follows:  "The two Grandmothers have decided that Katie Morag is to take ballet classes. Katie Morag is not impressed - she has better things to do on a Saturday morning. But, Grannie Island says it will be good for her coordination and Granma Mainland longs to see Katie Morag in a pink frou-frou skirt and pink ballet pumps, instead of those dreadful wellies! There's nothing she can do ...or is there? Every Saturday, Katie Morag is late for ballet class and one day, she's so late that the tap dancing class has already started! Katie Morag would love to tap dance with the Big Boy Cousins - it looks so much more fun than ballet, but she needs special shoes and she can't possibly ask Granma Mainland for another pair. Luckily, Grannie Island finds an ingenious way to turn Katie Morag's wellies into tap boots. And when she shines as the star of the show at the Dance Performance, even Granma Mainland can't be cross!"

The illustrations are delightful (I especially like the posters on the bulletin board in the hall where the dance lessons take place)!  Both Alisdair and Isobel enjoyed the story.  I am sure we will be ordering more Katie Morag books in the future.  Other titles are:

Katie Morag Delivers the Mail
Katie Morag and the Two Grandmothers
Katie Morag and the Tiresome Ted
Katie Morag and the Big Boy Cousins
Katie Morag and the New Pier
Katie Morag and the Wedding
Katie Morag and the Grand Concert
Katie Morag and the Riddles
Katie Morag and the Birthdays
The Big Katie Morag Story Book
The Second Katie Morag Story Book
Katie Morag's Rainy Day Book
Katie Morag's Island Stories

Katie Morag -- she is the child in all of us!

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