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News aboot 'The Makkin o The Wee Bannock'

Book Week Scotland was a very busy time at Comely Park Primary in Falkirk. We had been chosen as one of the Scottish Book Trust’s Star Organisations for this event and had lots of exciting activities and author visits arranged.

Our over-arching theme for the week, apart from celebrating books and reading, was the Scots language.
Primary 4 were very lucky to have a workshop delivered by the illustrator Kate Leiper, who collaborated with the author Theresa Breslin to create the book 'An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales'. The first story in this book is a version of the traditional tale ‘The Wee Bannock’.

We found out that some researchers into traditional stories categorised 'The Wee Bannock' as a ‘Runaway Food’ story, and that in Germany the same tale was told about a pancake and in Russia it was about a dough ball (not to mention The Gingerbread Man!)

Kate asked P4 to write a class version of this story which they were to illustrate during her workshop. They set their story in their own local area, with characters that they knew well appearing throughout the story. They were so proud of their work that they decided to try to translate it into Scots!

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