Speed Bonnie Boat: A book for children inspired by the Skye Boat Song


illustrated by Alfredo Belli (Traditional Scottish Tales series)

‘A rendition more poignant than patriotic with, at least in the rhymed portions, the cadence of a lullaby’ – Kirkus Reviews

‘Faithfully and skillfully illustrated’ – Youth Services Book Review

Paperback: 24 pages

Publisher: Picture Kelpies, an imprint of Floris Books, 2017

Language: English

Out of stock

Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing,
‘Onward!’ the sailors cried;

Carry the lad who’s born to be king
Over the sea to Skye.

Sung throughout the world, the Skye Boat Song evocatively brings alive the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s famous journey from the Outer Hebrides to Skye, off Scotland’s west coast, after his defeat at the Battle of Culloden.

This dramatic picture book, inspired by the lyrics of the traditional Scottish folk song, illustrates the story of one of Scotland’s most famous heroes and introduces children to this exciting period of Scottish history.

Suitable for ages 5-6.


Additional information

Dimensions 29.8 × 0.5 × 23.4 cm

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