Item description for Scottish Seas by Douglas Jones...
Overview Scottish Seas follows the fears and triumphs of Mac Ayton, a young Scottish farm boy in 1707, striving to grow strong amid clashes with the sea, banditry, myths, animals, and brothers. Mac and the rest of his family live a life full of laughter, faith, and wrestling. Do not blame the author for the subsequent pinching competitions that might arise in your household. It's a story thing.
Publishers Description Follow the fears and triumphs of Mac Ayton, a young Scottish farm boy in 1707, striving to grow strong amid clashes with the sea, banditry, myths, animals, and brothers. Set in and around the colorful fishing village of Auchmithie-located on the rugged east coast of Scotland-Mac and the rest of his family live a life full of laughter, faith, and wrestling.
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Studio: Canon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.98" Width: 5.12" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.41 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 2015
Publisher Canon Press
ISBN 1885767285 ISBN13 9781885767288
Availability 96 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 28, 2016 10:21.
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More About Douglas Jones
Douglas B. Jones's illustrations have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. Doug lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Madam President is his children's book debut.
Reviews - What do customers think about Scottish Seas?
High adventure in a God-honoring family May 18, 2006
I first read this book aloud to my boys when they were six and four years old. The story stuck with them and they asked me to read it to them again four years later.
The reluctant hero is Mac, the youngest in a family of brave Scottish covenanters. Mac fears the sea but grows in courage as it is tested throughout the book. Ultimately, he faces off against pirating thieves (rievers) whose first contact with his family was an attempt to steal his sister's pony.
Interwoven with the adventure is a warm picture of family life with recitation of the Westminster Catechism, psalm singing and Bible reading. Some of the memorable portrayals include: the father wrestling with his sons, Mac nurturing and then releasing his pet puffin that he rescues after a storm, Mac's sister Agnes declining one offer of courtship and selecting another man for her father to pursue for her, a pastor who is in a deep depression. In one hilarious episode. Mac's Grandfather refuses the modern medical treatment of bloodsucking slugs.
Most adventure stories with young protagonists involve orphaned children or at least absentee parents. I can remember thinking wistfully in elementary school that I could never have any of those grand exploits as the child of an intact marriage. For a change, Mr. Wilson presents an exciting story unfolding in the midst of a loving, strong family unit.
I highly recommend this as an enjoyable read-aloud. As an added bonus, you'll gain some understanding into the struggles of Scotsmen under English oppression in the 16th century (at least if you're not already familiar with this period, which which I was not).
We also have read Huegenot Garden written by Douglas Jones and recommend this as well, although Scottish Seas is faster paced.
Sad misrepresentation of the Scottish Covenanters Jan 13, 2003
When my 9 year old daughter seemed confused and disinterested in this book, I decided to read it myself. My intent was to be able to help her get a better idea of what the author was getting at so that she could profit from the book as she continued reading it. Unfortunately, what I found was poorly written and confusing, at best. Even worse, the author has sadly misrepresented the Scottish Covenanters by imbuing them with our modern day reverence for nonchalance, rather than the depth of character which those who would face death to stand for their beliefs (as many did) would have most certainly had.
Among other things, we have silly horseplay around the truths of the catechism, references to an "overly zealous" relative as "soulless", and, in short, a sentimentalized look at our forebears fashioned in a one dimensional view of "our own image".
Of course, the characters occasionally "recall" the battles and history they are heir to and have been a part of, and we are treated to insertions of actual history. This is sparse, though, and in light of the complete disconnect between who we see them as now and what they have supposedly been, it just doesn't make sense. One has to ask how such frivolous people could have ever thought anything was worth fighting for, let alone dying.
Don't waste your time or your children's time on this book. I know my daughter won't be finishing it.
It's not just for children... Jul 26, 1998
This book is an exciting read for both children and adults. The author clearly defines the characters and easily moves the reader to the center of each adventure. I encourage you to read it to your children...or someone else's children. The story is positive, thought provoking, and good clean fun. I look forward to the next book by Mr. Jones.