Speed Bonnie Boat: A Tale from Scottish History Inspired by the Skye Boat Song
This is based off the “Skye Boat Song” – it’s a Scottish song. A long time ago, there was a prince called Bonnie Prince Charlie. He won a lot of battles until he was finally defeated, but the prince escaped. He hid for a long time in the Scottish Islands. The Scottish people helped him, and even though they would get a lot of money if they turned him over, they never did. One woman, Flora MacDonald, helped him by dressing him as her servant. They sailed across dangerous waters to the escape to the Island of Skye. They knew that they probably weren’t going to make it. This song tells the story of their escape. I like the way this book tells the story really well, especially when it is singing the “Skye Boat Song.” First you learn the story, and then you learn all the verses of the song, which was made about this true story from history. I like the pictures; they look like they have been painted with watercolors. Frankly, I just really like the stories in this series, Traditional Scottish Tales, because I like the settings and the illustrations, and the stories are really interesting.
Alfredo Belli, Illustrator