Burns Night Bedtime Story: The Belties of Curleywee Farm

In honour of Burns Night, Babybear’s bedtime story tonight was ‘The Belties of Curleywee Farm’ written by Jayne Baldwin and illustrated by Pauline James. With the story being about Belted Galloway calves Finlay and Flora on a farm in the Galloway countryside, it felt like an excellent Scottish themed choice.

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‘The Belties of Curleywee Farm’ is a very sweet tale of Finlay waking to find his sister gone from the barn and him tentatively venturing out into the noisy and unfamiliar farm to find her. There are large, clear illustrations of each scene in the story and I love that they really bring across how nervous wee Finlay is when he ventures out on his own and the joyfulness of him finding his sister again.

Babybear delighted in pointing out the ‘moo moo’ and ‘twoo twoo’; that’s the cows and owl, of course.

Robert Burns for Wee Folk!

Burns for Wee Folk!

Babybear and I love the books, written in Scots, ‘Katie’s Ferm’ and ‘Katie’s Year’ by James Robertson with the fabulous illustrations in both by Karen Anne Sutherland.

So, I was thrilled to discover ‘Rabbies Rhymes’ – a collection of the first lines of some of Robert Burns’ most well known poems, illustrated for wee ones in the same brilliantly vivid style as the ‘Katie’ books. It takes me right back to my school days of learning a Burns poem by heart for the class Burns Night poetry competition; this proves to be a real advantage when reading ‘Rabbie’s Rhymes’ with Babybear as though each page of the book only has the first line or so for each poem, I can still remember the rest for a few of them!

‘Rabbie’s Rhymes’ also has flaps for wee ones to lift, which Babybear loves as it makes the book more interactive for her; she takes great delight in peeking at the pictures below over and over again! I’m not actually sure if it’s me or Babybear that enjoys this book more, it’s a real winner for both wee ones and those not so wee!!

  • Find ‘Rabbie’s Rhymes – Burns for Wee Folk’ by Robert Burns and illustrated by Karen Anne Sutherland in your local library or independent bookshop – if you can’t find it, just ask, they may be able to order it in for you.

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