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3.0 out of 5 stars mixed bag, 21 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales (Penguin Popular Classics) (Paperback)
A little bit of everything here: classic Lowland tales, translations from Gaelic, original stories by Alistair MacLean, Conan Doyle and John Buchan, and a 50-page 'classic Victorian fairy tale' from Andrew Lang.

The heart of the book, though, is the clutch of retellings by Elizabeth Grierson; and whilst the stories are good, the style is a little stilted. The pictures are too few, and not great anyway; and the Highland tradition is massively under-represented with only two short pieces from the huge collections of JF Campbell, and another short one from John Lorne Campbell.

As a cheap introduction it's well worth a look, but not the ideal book either for kids or those with a serious interest in folklore (the latter should try the Penguin Book of Scottish Folktales, which has a good balance between Highland and Lowland - if they can find it).

Incidentally, someone mentioned Scots dialect; there's actually very little of it in the book.
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