“Norah and William Montgomerie had performed a magical transformation of their own by draping fairy tales in tartan” (The Herald).
The classic folk tales of Scotland were passed down from storyteller to storyteller, and from the first sentence, they held the attention of listeners and readers as though a spell had been cast over them, transporting them to a magical realm where mermaids and men, selkies and sailors, ogres and princesses all mingle and are miraculously transformed. First published in 1956, the Montgomeries, distinguished folklorists, gathered these captivating stories from all parts of Scotland. This collection became a classic of the storytelling tradition, retold in a simple, dramatic style and appealing to adult and child alike. Now illustrated with Norah Montgomerie’s own original drawings, it is a book to be treasured for years as the key to an enchanted, timeless world.
“Buy it for all the children in your life—and the adults too! Well done Birlinn for making it available again.” —Facts & Fiction Storytelling Magazine
“With charming illustrations by Norah Montgomerie, this book makes a welcome change from the Brothers Grimm.” —Dumfries & Galloway Standard