Wee Gillis

Wee Gillis

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Overview

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590172063
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 05/30/2006
Series: New York Review Children's Collection Series
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 226,212
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

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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Wee Gillis 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
elpowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great black and white illustrations and cute story about a little bagpiper.
adge73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Wee Gillis wished that his uncles would ask him to try -- but they didn't, so he just stood and looked as though he would like to." Who hasn't felt that way at some point? I hope people will give the old-fashioned illustrations and design a chance, because this is a wonderful book.
srssrs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson is a classic story book. It is a story of being pulled between two cultures in Scotland; the highlanders and the lowlanders. To most this may look and feel like a 1930s story, but the theme in Wee Gillis is still very current. Wee Gillis is supposed to decide which culture group he will live with at the end of two years. The lowlanders to herd, or the highlanders to hunt cattle. Their is a twist at the end of the story that makes it less predictable and interesting. The art is simple, but its simplicity is what I find attractive and engaging.
familymoments on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you have Scottish ancestors you MUST read this book, even if you don't have Scottish ancestors you MUST read this book :) What a beautiful way to speak about ancient and ever present rivalry. The illustrations are an added bonus to a story that doesn't need pictures to come to live.
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
This book, when I read it aloud to groups of schoolchildren, never failed to hold the attention of boys and girls  as  young as six and as old as twelve years. Munro Leaf's expressive pen and ink drawings help to tell the tale of  young Willis who has to choose between living in the highlands and herd goats or in the lowlands and herd cows. He is fond of both sets of relatives.  Fortunately,  an encounter with a man and his set of  very large  bagpipes helps him to find a happy solution. This book also appeals to bright older children who, for one reason or another, have not learned to read in the early grades and are trying to catch up. Highly recommended.