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Wee Gillis

Wee Gillis A Caldecott Honor Book by the creators of the beloved Story of Ferdinand Wee Gillis lives in Scotland He is an orphan and he spends half of each year with his mother s people in the Lowlands while t

  • Title: Wee Gillis
  • Author: Munro Leaf Robert Lawson
  • ISBN: 9781590172063
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Caldecott Honor Book by the creators of the beloved Story of Ferdinand.Wee Gillis lives in Scotland He is an orphan, and he spends half of each year with his mother s people in the Lowlands, while the other half finds him in the Highlands with his father s kin Both sides of Gillis s family are eager for him to settle down and adopt their ways In the Lowlands, he is taA Caldecott Honor Book by the creators of the beloved Story of Ferdinand.Wee Gillis lives in Scotland He is an orphan, and he spends half of each year with his mother s people in the Lowlands, while the other half finds him in the Highlands with his father s kin Both sides of Gillis s family are eager for him to settle down and adopt their ways In the Lowlands, he is taught to herd cattle, learning how to call them to him in even the heaviest of evening fogs In the rocky Highlands, he stalks stags from outcrop to outcrop, holding his breath so as not to make a sound Wee Gillis is a quick study, and he soon picks up what his elders can teach him And yet he is unprepared when the day comes for him to decide, once and for all, whether it will be the Lowlands or the Highlands that he will call his home.Robert Lawson and Munro Leaf s classic picture book is a tribute to the powers of the imagination and a triumph of the storyteller s and illustrator s art.

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    1. Munro Leaf Robert Lawson says:
      Munro Leaf, author and illustrator of dozens of children s books, is best remembered for his signature character, Ferdinand, the Spanish bull who preferred smelling flowers to fighting in a ring in Spain Composed in less than an hour one Sunday afternoon in 1935, the book sparked controversy With the Spanish Civil War raging, political critics charged that it was a satirical attack on aggression In Germany, the book was burned in India, Ghandi called it his favorite Even today, Ferdinand continues to charm children around the world the story has been translated into over 60 languages.

    Comment 881 on “Wee Gillis

    1. Calista says:
      I really enjoyed this I found out that Munro and Robert Lawson were the brains behind Ferdinand, so it makes sense this is good I love the art work it It is simply intricate drawings and it takes place in Scotland There are highlands and there are lowlands and Alastair Roderic Craigellachie Dalhousie Gowan Donny Bristle MacMac or Wee Gillis as he is know has family in both places He spends time in both places trying to decide where to be, cows or stags He ends up deciding both.It really is a fun [...]

    2. Misty says:
      I picked up this one last month when the kids and I were learning about the United Kingdom The books centers on a Scottish orphan boy Wee Gillis who spends half of the year with his mom s relatives in the lowlands herding cattle and half the year with his father s relatives in the highlands stalking stags The highlanders and the lowlanders don t get along and eventually Wee Gillis is told he must decide which will be his permanent home In the end Wee Gillis doesn t join either of them, deciding [...]

    3. Sarah Sammis says:
      Wee Gillis caught my eye at my local library It was short, colorful and a Caldecott Honor book 1939 As it s only 80 pages and mostly a picture book, I snatched it up and read it that night.Wee Gillis is a boy stuck in the middle of two different Scottish cultures One parent is from the Lowlands where his family herds cattle The other parent is from the Highlands where they stalk stags When he is orphaned, he has to pick a family and a lifestyle.Gillis learns how to herd cattle and how to hold hi [...]

    4. Luann says:
      This is one of the earlier Caldecott honor books I didn t expect to like it much as I thumbed through it before I read it I thought it would be just okay But as I read the story and studied the illustrations, I started to really like it I like the solution that Wee Gillis found to his problem of choosing whether to be a Lowlander who calls cows or a Highlander who stalks stags While the illustrations at first don t look to be very remarkable, I enjoyed the attention to detail particularly the ex [...]

    5. ABC says:
      Wee Gillis lives in Scotland, but has a mother from the lowlands and a father from the highlands Each side of his family tells him to do the opposite How can he reconcile the different parts of his life He takes the best of both sides It is all in black and white I hope kids today don t find it too old fashioned and long, beause this book is a treasure.

    6. Miriam says:
      A little boy of mixed Highland and Lowland Scottish parentage spends alternating years with the two families, learning the respective merits of cow herding and stag hunting, and coincidentally strengthening his lungs.

    7. Kate Willis says:
      This is one of those treasures you find buried deep in an ancient, rural church library It s hilarious and adorable

    8. Luisa Knight says:
      If you love anything Scottish, you will positively adore this book The illustrations are exquisite and do a wonderful job of transporting you to the Highlands The story is delightful and will keep children guessing as to the outcome.Ages 4 8 Like my reviews I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too These reports give a complete break down of everything in the book, so you ll know just how clean it is or isn t I also have Clean Guides downloadable PDFs which enable you to clean up [...]

    9. Lorna says:
      1939 Caldecott HonorFavorite illustration When Wee Gillis takes the bagpipe and makes a sound for the first time.Favorite line They walked and walked not saying a word, down through the valleys and up over the hills, until they found just the right spot for deciding Kid appeal From the writer and illustrator team behind The Story of Ferdinand I think kids will appreciate the imperfect Wee Gillis and how he finds his true calling and place in the end.

    10. Crystal says:
      1939 Caldecott HonorI had the feeling that I had read this many years ago It was like meeting an old acquaintance and not quite knowing their name, but remembering random things about them It s great that he is able to learn and grow from both situations and the blending of the families brings a new talent to fruition The illustrations were certainly distinctive.

    11. Kristine Hansen says:
      Ahe illustrations and story work together to make this story just perfect The art of diplomacy and the ability to find one s own way in the world marks the story of Wee Gillis, who lives between two worlds and is forced to choose for himself where he belongs.

    12. Charles says:
      Although there are eight words in his name, the main character of this story is a Scottish lad called Wee Gillis His mother s relatives are all Lowlander Scots, they live in the valleys and tend to their cows, while his father s relatives are Highlanders that stalk stags Both sides laugh at the other s lifestyles, considering them foolish, so Wee Gillis cannot determine which lifestyle he wants to make his own.Therefore, he went to live with his relatives in the Lowlands for a year, where he lea [...]

    13. Maria Rowe says:
      1939 Caldecott Honor Book Really fun and well illustrated book by the creators of The Story of Ferdinand Wee Gillis is a Scottish orphan and he alternates years living with his mother s family in the Lowlands herding cows, and living with his father s family in the Highlands stalking stags And when he is old enough, he has to make a decision of where to live and what to do with his life I enjoyed this and I thought the ending was clever I also like that in both the Lowlands and the Highlands, Ev [...]

    14. Sarah Gustafson says:
      By the same author of Ferdinand the Bull, but not well known That s a shame In this day and age, the moral of Wee Gillis packs as much oomph as Ferdinand s.When I tell this story to my 3 month old son, I play loose with the niceties, but stick to the theme Wee Ronik s mother s relations were all Democrats They lived in the blue cities His father s relations were all Republicans They lived in the red suburbs Wee Ronik didn t know what he wanted to be, a Democrat or a RepublicanAt last the day cam [...]

    15. Jess ORourke says:
      Humorous story about a boy growing up in Scotland, pulled between two cultures and how he soles the problem of who he will be Illustrations are black and white but none the less remarkable The facial expressions alone are worth a look A Caldecott Medal Honor book from 1939 A true classic.

    16. Moriah says:
      My dad loved reading bedtime stories such as this one to us as kids This is one of my favorites, as I got to enjoy his Scottish brogue right before going to bed.

    17. Cassandra Gelvin says:
      Insert joke involving bagpipes, cows, and deer.Kind of a weird book It feels almost like a fable, but I don t think it is It s from 1938 Strangely enough, the story isn t really contemporary It s kind of a story of a bygone time, no matter when you read it.There s a little boy named Gillis who lives in Scotland His mom s from the lowland, and his dad s from the highland, and he doesn t know which he wants to be The highlanders stalk stags very stealthily, and the lowlanders are cowherds So Gilli [...]


    18. Rachel says:
      I had never heard of this book until I picked it up for my Caldecott Challenge, but I had heard of the author and illustrator They most famously have worked together for the the book The Story of Ferdinand, which I read a month or so ago This book won a 1939 Caldecott Honor and so far it is my favorite Caldecott book that year Wee Gillis is the story of a young boy whose mother is from the Lowlands of Scotland and whose father is from the Highlands Every year he either spends tending cattle in t [...]

    19. Josiah says:
      This is a good Munro Leaf story, but what really drew me to first pick out this book was that it was illustrated by the legendary Robert Lawson, and WOW WOW WOW I have seen some truly stunning work come from the illustrator s pen of Robert Lawson, but this, in my mind, surpasses it all His rendering of the rugged Scottish landscape was beyond what I thought could be achieved in two dimensions, and the breathtaking detail in some of the pictures nearly blows my mind This, right here, is the Rober [...]

    20. Dolly says:
      This is an entertaining folktale from Scotland We enjoyed the story and we liked that Wee Gillis s decision was a good one for both sides of his family, and one that suited him well too The narrative is short, with just a few short, simple sentences on each page And the black and white illustrations are humorous and nicely detailed We enjoyed reading this book together interesting quote They walked and walked not saying a word, down through the valleys and up over the hills, until they found jus [...]

    21. Katie Fitzgerald says:
      Wee Gillis must decide whether he wants to live in the Scottish lowlands and raise cattle with his mother s family or move with his father s family to the highlands and stalk stags In the meantime, he divides his time between both families, strengthening his lungs and preparing for the surprising happy fate he will one day discover The detailed black and white drawings pay wonderful attention to the details of the landscape and the figures faces The story is equally strong, and I think the endin [...]

    22. Krista Stevens says:
      Won a Caldecott Written and illustrated by the same men who wrote and illustrated The Story of Ferdinand the Bull Just didn t grab me The illustrations only match the story and do not go beyond them as the ones in Ferdinand did The conflict is resolved by with a deus ex machine insertion unexpected and ultimately unsatisfying as that is usually not the way people make decisions about great life events I fail to see the appeal.

    23. Laura says:
      I didn t find this story very interesting, it wasn t one of those books that you d want to read over and over again and I found myself bored then once during this story The illustrations were sometimes humorous, but most of the time I thought they were a little too detailed, too many lines I didn t care for this book Taken from my book reviews blog reviewsatmse 2008

    24. Samantha says:
      Wee Gillis must choose whether he will be a Lowlander or a Highlander in Scotland He spends years in both regions and becomes skills at the tasks of calling cows and stalking stags, but when the time comes to choose he is best fit to play the biggest bagpipes in all of Scotland with his mighty strong lungs Illustrations are full page black and white illustrations that mirror text Great read aloud Must read see.

    25. The Brothers says:
      Wee Gillis is an orphan from Scotland who has family both in the highlands and lowlands Each family helps him develop very, very strong lungs through either calling cows home or holding his breath not to scare stags away Finally the day comes when Gillis must decide forever to be in the lowlands or highlands He opts for becoming bag pipe player his amazing lungs giving him the advantage.Illustrations are BW etching like Not enough to engage Dex 4yo.

    26. Scott Hayden says:
      At last the day came when he must make up his mind and decide forever which to be a Lowlander who called cows or a Highlander who stalked stags Wee Gillis had spent years working among both relations Little did he know that calling cows and stalking stags would prepare him in a very unusual way to make the momentous decision.Says the five year old I like it because I like the part where it says the biggest bagpipe in all Scotland.

    27. Kat says:
      I loved this book as a child from a Scottish heritage, this seemed so right, so Scottish and so funny My mother would read it with an accent and we just howled and loved, loved, loved the illustrations A classic By the way, according to my father, we were Highlanders There, that should settle any problems.

    28. John says:
      Caldecott Honor Book, 1939 Robert Lawson was a busy illustrator and won many awards His name is on the cover of quite a few early Caldecott winners Best line His real name was Alastair Roderic Craigellachie Dalhouise Gowan Donnybristle MacMac, but that took too long to say, so everybody just called him Wee Gillis Favorite illustration Page 59

    29. Heila says:
      The denouement is so strong in this It would be lovely if variations of this book could be done for all children of the world To in a storytelling fashion, celebrate and validate culture and geographical features and people of different countries.I loved this review from the back cover A delightful picture book for children, grown up and otherwise The Washington Post

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