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FORMAT: Paperback
ISBN: 9781780274782
RRP: £6.99
PUBLICATION DATE: August 17, 2017


The Buke of the Howlat

By (author) James Robertson; Illustrated by Kate Leiper

Originally written in the 1440s by Richard Holland, a Scottish cleric who was chaplain to Archibald Douglas, Earl of Moray, The Buke of the Howlat is one of the great poetic gems of fifteenth-century Scots.Believing himself to be ugly, a young owl (howlat) decides to speak to the most handsome bird of all, the peacock, and ask his help so that Nature can change him. But the peacock isn’t sure this should be done – after all, Nature doesn’t usually make mistakes – and summons a council of birds to make a decision. A huge feast takes place, and Nature herself appears and orders all the birds present to give the owl one of their feathers. But the result is not what they expect. The howlat’s initial joy turns to unbearable arrogance at his new-found beauty, and drastic action must be taken …

Reviews of The Buke of the Howlat

'we are presented with a lovely story that is thought-provoking and enjoyable, and ideal for reading to young children, or being read by those able to do so for themselves … set within large illustrations by Kate Leiper that are simply delightful' – Undiscovered Scotland

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