|Norman John Gilles was one of the last children born on St. Kilda, a group of islands with high cliffs off the Scottish coast. People lived there for over four thousand years, thriving in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. They survived on sea birds, eggs, and potatoes. There was no crime or need for money. They had no automobiles. They trusted and cared for each other. The community came to an abrupt end in 1930 when the remaining St. Kildans begged the British government to evacuate them to the mainland. No one knows what happened. Today, the islands have become a World Heritage Site, recognized for their unique wildlife and vanished culture. The book concludes with a St. Kilda Sketchbook that provides more information and a map. The stunning images were created by hand using monoprinting techniques. mjw|
|Title: Child Of St. Kilda
Author: Beth Waters
Illustrator: Beth Waters
Publisher: Child’s Play. Auburn, Maine. USA
Original Language: English
Hardcover pages: 64
Age range: 4-9
Genre: Picture Book, Information Book, Nonfiction
Book setting: Scotland
Author’s ethnicity: English
Author’s residence: Cambridge, U.K.
Illustrator’s ethnicity: English
Illustrator’s residence: Cambridge, U.K.
Subjects: Birds, History, Immigration, Mystery, Storms, Survival