Wee Gillis

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A Caldecott Honor Book by the creators of the beloved Story of Ferdinand

Wee Gillis lives in Scotland. He is an orphan, and he spends half of each year with his mother's people in the lowlands, while the other half finds him in the highlands with his father's kin. Both sides of Gillis's family are eager for him to settle down and adopt their ways. In the lowlands, he is taught to herd cattle, learning how to call them to him in even the heaviest of evening fogs. In the rocky ...

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Illustrated by Lawson, Robert 1938 Pictorial Cover Vintage Good with no dust jacket 0670756083. Ex-Library; 15 Oz; Ex library pictorial HC no DJ library bound some soiling few ... tiny rips still nice tight copy '38 E. M. Hale and Company. Advanced Early Reader. Wee Gillis couldn't decide whether he wanted to be a Highlander like his father, and stalk stags or a Lowlander like his mother, and raise long-haired cows. Read more Show Less

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1959 Hardcover Very Good / Good Jacket. 1959 The Viking Press. Eighth printing of 1938 edition. NOT ex-library. Oversize hardcover, 7.25 x 10.25 inches, has beige cloth-covered ... boards with green spine and cover lettering and decorations. Green and white illustrated endpapers. Black and white illustrations by Robert Lawson. Binding tight. Hinges NOT cracked. Spine ends and one corner lightly bumped. Covers have very light surface and edge wear; small smudge on top corner of front cover. Pages clean and unmarked. Unpaginated. Illustrated dust jacket with plaid background has overall surface rubbing, chipped and nicked edges, and small tears. Jacket is missing a triangular piece from top of front panel about an inch wide. Dust jacket is NOT price clipped, showing original price of $3.00 at bottom corner of front flap, but something has been clipped from the top corner of the front flap. Carefully packed, shipped in a box. Includes dust jacket. Read more Show Less

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1968 Hardcover 1968 Hardcover Good+ Ex-School book Permabound Picture cover No Dj light wear Illustrated by Robert Lawson Published Viking Press P10 ISBN: 0670756083.

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Overview

A Caldecott Honor Book by the creators of the beloved Story of Ferdinand

Wee Gillis lives in Scotland. He is an orphan, and he spends half of each year with his mother's people in the lowlands, while the other half finds him in the highlands with his father's kin. Both sides of Gillis's family are eager for him to settle down and adopt their ways. In the lowlands, he is taught to herd cattle, learning how to call them to him in even the heaviest of evening fogs. In the rocky highlands, he stalks stags from outcrop to outcrop, holding his breath so as not to make a sound. Wee Gillis is a quick study, and he soon picks up what his elders can teach him. And yet he is unprepared when the day comes for him to decide, once and for all, whether it will be the lowlands or the highlands that he will call his home.

Robert Lawson and Munro Leaf's classic picture book is a tribute to the powers of the imagination and a triumph of the storyteller's and illustrator's art.

Wee Gillis couldn't decide whether he wanted to be a Highlander like his father, and stalk stags or a Lowlander like his mother, and raise long-haired cows.

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Munro Leaf aficionados will also appreciate the Caldecott Honor book Wee Gillis by Leaf, illus. by Robert Lawson, in a handsome paper-over-board edition, starring the title hero, torn between becoming a Highlander who stalks stags like his father, or raising long-haired cows like his mother, a Lowlander. Pen-and-inks capture the boy's comic inner struggle with outer shenanigans. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson collaborated on four books, beginning in 1936 with The Story of Ferdinand. Ferdinand, the pacifist bull, has been with us ever since, and it is a pleasure to have this 1939 Caldecott Honor book join him again. Perhaps in recognition of the war clouds then gathering over Europe, Leaf and Lawson created another fable about peaceful solutions to strife—in this case, border issues. The Scottish orphan Wee Gillis is shunted between his Highland and Lowland relatives. Half the year is spent tending long-haired cows in the south, half stalking stags in the north. When the time comes to choose his final adult allegiance, the stamina he has gained in his jobs allows the lad to find an alternate plan that suits everyone. Leaf's spare narrative has aged well. So have Lawson's wry pen-and-ink sketches. Young Gillis dutifully downs the same large bowl of morning porridge from the same chipped bowl, north or south. His freckled face carefully masks his feelings about the adults controlling him—but his eyes give him away. When his moment of destiny arrives, Gillis has the strength and sense to act. This marvelous little book should be required reading for mediation sessions. It will charm new generations of children. Welcome back! 2006 (orig. 1938), New York Review Children's Collection, Ages 4 up.
—Kathleen Karr
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670756087
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/6/1978
  • Pages: 72
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 20.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 20.00 (d)

Meet the Author

MUNRO LEAF (1905–1976) was an American writer, illustrator, and columnist whose books for children include Manners Can Be Fun and How to Behave and Why (both of which he also illustrated). In 1936 he “dashed off in 25 minutes” a story about a bull who preferred flowers to bullfights as a showcase for the artistic talent of his friend Robert Lawson. The Story of Ferdinand went on to become a best-seller and the two men collaborated on three subsequent books, Wee Gillis (1938), The Story of Simpson and Sampson (1941), and Aesop’s Fables (1941).
 
ROBERT LAWSON (1892-1957) was a prolific writer and illustrator of literature for children and was the first person ever to receive both the Newbery and Caldecott medals. Among his forty-odd books are such classic stories as Rabbit Hill, Ben and Me, and They Were Strong and Good.
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