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Wee Gillis Hardcover – May 30 2006

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: NYR Children's Collection (May 30 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159017206X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590172063
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 1 x 25.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #148,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Lawson's marvelous pen-and-ink drawings of the Scottish relations and their contrasting environments bring the story to exuberant life." –Horn Book Magazine

"Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson are best remembered for their 1936 classic, Story of Ferdinand, about a pacifist bull who's more interested in flowers than bullfighting. Three years later, they won a Caldecott Honor, one of the top prizes in illustrated children's literature, for a story set in Scotland, Wee Gillis. It had fallen out of print but has been resurrected as part of The New York Review Children's Collection, which brings neglected gems back to life. It doesn't show its age. With vivid pen-and-ink drawings in black and white, it's about an orphan with a tough decision to make: whether to live with his mother's relatives in the Lowlands and raise long-haired cows or his father's relatives in the Highlands and stalk stags." –USA Today

"First published in 1939, when it won a Caldecott Honor award, and now back in print with this handsome hardback edition, Wee Gillis relates how a young Scottish boy cleverly finds a middle way between two sets of shaggy, overbearing and cantankerous relations...In Robert Lawson's brilliant black-and-white illustrations, Wee Gillis keeps an amusingly bland expression even as his uncles are leaping about, fulminating and remonstrating...The solution comes (with a hilarious picture) when Wee Gilis suddenly realizes that he can use the respiratory sills he as picked up from both sides of his family...to take up Schotland's noisiest and most musical occupation." –The Wall Street Journal

"Back in print after 20 years, this winsome story details a Scottish lad's road to bagpipe-playing greatness. Ages 4-8" –People Magazine

"This book is one of a number of largely unsung gems reissued by the New York Review Children's Collection imprint...it's a charmer." –The Globe and Mail

“Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson have done it again….[Wee Gillis] has already won the hearts of children and adults. The pictures of the Lowland farms and the craggy Highlands of Scotland have sufficient beauty to make anyone who comes from that lovely country homesick for its hills and heather. Boys and girls from 7 on are deeply interested in the small Scottish lad who called the cows in the Lowlands and stalked the deer in the Highlands, while his lungs meantime grew stronger and stronger until at last he was able to play the largest bagpipes in Scotland and, since he was welcome in Lowlands and Highlands alike, had no further need to choose either one or the other as a permanent home. The drawings of Robert Lawson combine beauty and humor with a reality that makes the reader feel he has taken a trip to Scotland….this is a distinguished volume.” –The New York Times

“A delightful picture book for children, grown-up and otherwise” –The Washington Post

About the Author

MUNRO LEAF (1905–1976) was an American writer, illustrator, and columnist whose books for children include Manners Can Be Fun and How to Behave and Why (both of which he also illustrated). In 1936 he “dashed off in 25 minutes” a story about a bull who preferred flowers to bullfights as a showcase for the artistic talent of his friend Robert Lawson. The Story of Ferdinand went on to become a best-seller and the two men collaborated on three subsequent books, Wee Gillis (1938), The Story of Simpson and Sampson (1941), and Aesop’s Fables (1941).
 
ROBERT LAWSON (1892-1957) was a prolific writer and illustrator of literature for children and was the first person ever to receive both the Newbery and Caldecott medals. Among his forty-odd books are such classic stories as Rabbit Hill, Ben and Me, and They Were Strong and Good.


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Format: Hardcover
This book caught our eye because of our Scottish heritage, and we didn't realise what a treat was in store for us.
The pen and ink illustrations are clever and humorous, adding to the delightful story of Wee Gillis, a young Scottish lad who is faced with the choice of where he will live - the Highlands or the Lowlands.
Although the book isn't overly simplistic, our 2 year old son enjoyed it as much as our 9 year old niece, and has requested it be read over and over and over! No problem for us - we enjoy it too.
Find a copy, buy a copy, and you won't regret it!
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Format: Paperback
What started out as a crazy high school joke, led me to read this Scottish tale, a highlight of my friend's childhood. What I found was a great story about compromise, team work and love....the original black and white illustrations add to the overall quaintness and make this a definite must! My friends and I enjoyed it so much, that we named our team "Wee Gillis" in honor of Gillis' determination.
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By A Customer on April 19 2000
Format: Hardcover
My son checked this book out from our public library 6 years ago. We have been looking for it ever sense. We love it. It is a great demonstration of the highlands and the low lands. Would be a great book for a bagpiper to read to children. I am thankful for the out of print books found at Amazon.This book should have never gone out of print.
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One of my favorites when I was little and now my grandchildren love it too!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa20946fc) out of 5 stars 33 reviews
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa231e3cc) out of 5 stars A Classic of Children's Literature Jan. 28 1999
By Chris & Rosalie Barton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book caught our eye because of our Scottish heritage, and we didn't realise what a treat was in store for us.
The pen and ink illustrations are clever and humorous, adding to the delightful story of Wee Gillis, a young Scottish lad who is faced with the choice of where he will live - the Highlands or the Lowlands.
Although the book isn't overly simplistic, our 2 year old son enjoyed it as much as our 9 year old niece, and has requested it be read over and over and over! No problem for us - we enjoy it too.
Find a copy, buy a copy, and you won't regret it!
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa231e420) out of 5 stars Inspitational...especially when read with a Scottish accent! May 6 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What started out as a crazy high school joke, led me to read this Scottish tale, a highlight of my friend's childhood. What I found was a great story about compromise, team work and love....the original black and white illustrations add to the overall quaintness and make this a definite must! My friends and I enjoyed it so much, that we named our team "Wee Gillis" in honor of Gillis' determination.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa231e5f4) out of 5 stars Find your own place in the world Oct. 25 2006
By P. Grubbs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Originally published in 1938, this one is a delight to see back in print thanks to New York Review Books. The Scottish setting is charming and the central message, to be who you are, is important. Not content to be a hunter like his father's family or a farmer like his mother's family, Wee Gillis finds his own place in this world as a bagpiper. Baby boomers will be familiar with Robert Lawson's illustrations from such children's classics as Rabbit Hill, Ben And Me and The Story of Ferdinand, also written by Munro Leaf. I adore this book so much I named my dear and very independent Cairn Terrier puppy Wee Gillis.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Re Tired - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I grew up with this book. I suspect our first version was from the original printing. It's still in the family and in very good condition. That said, I wanted to remove a couple the great illustrations for framing. Cutting them out of the original seemed criminal. Then I find that it is in reprint. At this price, it was the only way to go. I bought another to give to a new grand baby, and am so looking forward to reading it to him. It's a great story with great illustrations. Tells a story, teaches values, and without the aid of modern day super heroes with super powers
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa231ebc4) out of 5 stars Wee Gillis Pipes On Aug. 30 2006
By Norma S. Hass - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When I was a six-year-old, "Wee Gillis" was my second favorite book. ("The Story of Ferdinand" by the same Munro Leaf, author,and Robert Lawson,illustrator,was my first.) It is a joy to find that "Wee Gillis" is available in this new edition and that, at 74, I still enjoy it. I am giving it to my great-nephew.

Just one question. I thought that in the U.K. "oatmeal" refers to the uncooked cereal. When cooked, it becomes "porridge" if thick, "burgoo" if thinner and gluey, and "gruel" if very thin. Children would be familiar with the word "porridge". That's what the Three Bears had for breakfast.

Do they use "oatmeal" for the cooked product in Scotland, as we do in the U.S.A.?


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