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Thistle Sands {what we’re reading}

I’m terribly afraid that I’m going to be utterly unable to do justice to this week’s book.  It was reviewed in the last Green Parent magazine and I knew we had to have it almost as soon as I saw the title.  It’s a book I could just visualise their Grandad reading aloud, sat with a tiny granddaughter in each arm.
   Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - Thistle Sands
When I first met H and his family I found myself suddenly immersed in an array of family idiom which all seemed to stem from the family’s not-quite-but-near-to-Glaswegian origins; a good heap of Scottish dialect, only slightly adjusted for family use.  To a girl from Devon it was utterly bemusing.  I had no idea whether half the slang was complimentary or not or what on earth it could mean that it was ‘dreek’ (NB I worked that one out as soon as I opened the curtains).  And over the years I’ve assimilated a little bit of it, mostly the overuse of ‘wee’ as an adjective, and started to understand a little bit more, but there’s still every possibility of my being sat there thinking “whaaat?!”
Thistle Sands tells the story of a very popular trip to the beach, attended by just about every stereotypically named Scottish person from Caitlin to Gregor and back again, and in among all of their adventures, and beautifully rhymed to boot, are little snippets of Scottish slang.  It’s brilliant.
And thankfully for those of us that are a bit lacking in linguistic skills, there’s a glossary in the back, because as you see, this kind of learning requires some serious concentration!
Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - Thistle Sands
Space for the Butterflies: What We're Reading

Last week was obviously a week for the eye candy in children’s books; Anne-Marie shared the brilliantly named Splat the Cat, which has the most gorgeous illustrations; and Claire scored a fabulous 20p charity shop bargain in the sweet and beautiful Moon Rabbit.

So if you have a favourite, please do share it with us; each linky stays open for a week so there’s plenty of time to join in.  And so, without further ado, it’s over to you!


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  • Anna-Marie 22/04/2014 at 4:30 pm

    Oh this looks lovely {I do love a scottish accent!} I love the photo’s Carie. Especially the one of Elma concentrating so hard to open the book! Gorgeous xx

    • Carie 25/04/2014 at 9:52 pm

      thank you very much 🙂

  • Vickie 23/04/2014 at 10:24 am

    I’m part Scottish on my mum’s side and even I struggle to understand some of the more peculiar bits of dialect. 🙂

    I do love Elma’s frown of concentration!

    • Carie 25/04/2014 at 9:52 pm

      You’d love the glossary then!!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 23/04/2014 at 10:50 pm

    This book looks like so much fun! Ava’s loving “Katie Morag” stories at the moment, so we’re having fun with the Scottish accent too!

    • Carie 25/04/2014 at 9:50 pm

      Apparently my Scottish accent sounds pure Ross & Cromarty – I’ve never been there so it must be entirely derived from the telly!