When the village mail gets muddled up, it's up to Katie to sort things outwith a little help from Grannie Island and her tractor."
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(138mm x 107mm x 4mm)
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
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In a fourth winning book about a small girl living on an island in western Scotland, Katie Morag helps out by delivering the weekly mail while her mother copes with the fractious baby. But stopping to play in the water leads to disaster: all the addresses smudge when she falls in, so she delivers the five parcels at random - which provides both humor and a survey of the Isle of Struay's summer inhabitants: Grannie in her overalls, busy mending her tractor; an artist; a tourist family that enjoys fishing; and a couple of locals. Grannie (aboard the mended tractor) helps Katie Morag straighten out the mix-up, and all ends peacefully as the two return home to find that the baby's tooth is in at last. The splendid visual detail that Hedderwick has brought to her other books continues here - from the many animals roaming every illustration (a cat eyeing chicks behind the stove, a dog sneaking a ride on the tractor) to such homey vignettes as boots drying and Dad tending the baby. The watercolor landscapes and the misty sea and sky at sundown are so evocative that you can smell the cool, salt breeze. And Katie Morag's safe, loving world is a comfort and an inspiration. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Mairi Hedderwick
A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Mairi Hedderwick was a teacher before she started illustrating children's books. As an author and illustrator her most popular character, Katie Morag, was created in 1984. Katie Morag's home on the fictional Hebridean island of Struay is not a million sea miles away from her author's life long association with the Isle of Coll. In 2013 Katie Morag joined Cbeebies with the successful TV series produced by Move On Up / Struay Films. Mairi Hedderwick has also written and illustrated many other books for children and adults, all with the backdrop of the Highlands and Islands. She was awarded an Honorary Degree from Stirling University in 2003 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to writing and illustration in Scotland, especially for children. Her illustrated adult books are An Eye on the Hebrides, which is a record of a six month continous journey through the islands on the west of Scotland. Highland Journey, follows the footsteps of Victorian writer and artist John T Reid; Sea Change, logs the passage of 26ft vintage yacht Anassa from east to west coast Scotland via the Caledonian canal; Shetland Rambles, her latest illustrated personal journey is in tandem with John T Reid once more. The Last Laird of Coll is a memoir of Kenneth Stewart, last laird of Coll.