Review: An Island Tail

Island Tail 150Wee Shona the stray cat is forced to move on when the tin roof flies off her dilapidated shed in a storm. While she searches for a new place to live, her friends Angus and Tam are searching for her – but will they be able to help when they finally track her down?

An Island Tail is a sweet and simple picture book story with a traditional feel. Its Isle of Lewis setting is well-conveyed in crisp illustrations of the landscape, and the inclusion of local traditions like cutting peat, ensures that the book will have extra appeal to young readers who have a connection with the Hebrides.

The clear text and gentle pace of the language would make this a good book for beginner readers to explore for themselves.

An Island Tail, by Steven Tod (Cranachan)

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