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Five wonderful Welsh books for St David's Day

In the run up to St David's Day (next Monday) we have five books that share a little of the wonder of this small, but culturally rich and scenic country. Wales is known for its stunning beaches, castles and dragons, and for its patron saint, St David. St David was thought to have been a vegetarian, consuming only leeks and water which is perhaps where the national symbol of the leek may have come from. Whether that is true or not, if you want to find out a little more about Wales, or maybe just fancy learning some Welsh words, we wish you all a very Happy St David's Day!

1 The Fabulous Lost And Found And The Little Welsh Mouse

by Mark Pallis, illustrated by Peter Baynton

Age suitability: 2 - 7 years

This story of the little mouse who walks into the Lost & Found, but can only speak a language that Mr and Mrs Frog don't understand is available in more than 20 different languages! Discovering what the little Welsh mouse is missing takes children on a story-powered language journey cleverly combining story, emotion and humour to introduce children to some fun phrases and words in Welsh.

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2 Welsh Cakes And Custard

by Wendy White, illustrated by Helen Flook

Age suitability: 2-6 years

Award-winning Llanelli-born author Wendy White brings us this charming tale of early childhood which follows five year old Betsi Wyn and her friends. Friends like Emyr Rhys, who knows about Welsh cakes ( the book includes the recipe), and clog dancing, as well as Mam-gu ...who knows about everything else!

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3 The Four Branches Of The Mabinogi

By Siãn Lewis, illustrated by Valériane Leblond

Age suitability: 7 -11 years

Ancient feuds, giants, magic spells, dramatic landscapes, revenge, betrayal and a plethora of kings, princesses and supernatural happenings teem onto every page of this prize-winning book of legends.

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4 'Dyn ni yn mynd i hela arth

by Michael Rosen

Age suitability: 2- 6 years

Yes, it's everyone's favourite bear hunt helpfully translated entirely into the Welsh language. There are lots of childrens' favourites translated into the Welsh language so whether your child is a fan of Peppa Pig, or The Gruffalo, this is a great way to tune into a new language, as well as a wonderful way to 'catch a big one!'

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5 Carrie's War

by Nina Bawden

Age suitability: 9 years +

It is wartime and Carrie and her little brother Nick have been evacuated from their London home to the Welsh hills. In an unfamiliar place, and among strangers, the children feel alone and find little comfort with the family they are billeted with: Mr Evans, a bullying shopkeeper and Auntie Lou, his kind but timid sister. This classic tale of a evacuee sent away to a small Welsh mining town during the Second World War still manages to entrance readers today and with an added introduction by the Michael Morpugo this a great introduction to WW2 for older primary aged children.

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