The Folk Tales of Scotland Retold by Norah and William Montgomerie
|May 28, 2011||Posted by Kris McNaughton under Children's Lit, Fantasy, Fiction, Short stories, Uncategorized|
The book Folk Tales of Scotland is a treat. I am glad that Birlinn decided to reprint this collection of tales retold by Norah and William Montgomerie. Since the book consists of many folktales, the reader can choose to sit and read the book in its entirety or enjoy one or two stories at a time. As with any collection of stories, some tales will resonate more with certain readers, but Folk Tales includes many tales from which to choose a favourite.
Although parents may be tempted to use Foltales of Scotland as a source of bedtime stories, I would caution them to pre-read the story first. These are authentic folktales. Some are a bit violent and may not be appropriate for all ages; however, other stories are perfect for younger kids. You need to be selective and then enjoy the story chosen. That being said, I loved the stories as an adult. My only wish was that each tale was accompanied with a history explaining the story’s significance.
To my surprise there were Scottish folktales very similar to well-known fairy tales such as, “Cinderella” and “Rumpelstiltskin,” that I would never have asscociated with Scotland. After reading Folk Tales, I wondered which story came first “Rumpelstiltskin” or “Whuppity Stoorie”? I was also curious about the true origin of either story. Folk Tales of Scotland helped to reinforce how connected cultures truly are, even when we are unaware of the associations.
The Montgomerie’s had the forethought to include a glossary of Scotish terms, which came in handy. I also appreciated the included citation of story sources. The citation list allowed me to further investigate the folktales that truly caught my attention. This is an anthology well worth enjoying.