Robert Burns was born on 25 January 1759 in the village of Alloway near Ayr. Famously considered Scotland's national bard, his birthday is celebrated across Scotland on that very day. Born into a family of farmers, his poetry was often composed as he worked in the fields. His most famous songs and poems include To a Mouse, Tam O' Shanter and Scots Wae Hae. His works were first gathered and published in Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect in 1786. He died on 21 July 1796 aged just thirty-seven. Ruchi Mhasane has a masters degree in children's book illustration from Cambridge School of Art. She currently lives in India, where she grew up. She is the illustrator of The Selkie Girl, also in the Picture Kelpies range.
'The illustrator has brought a lot of energy and joy to the poem with the choice of soft colours and the slightly hazy effect you get from watercolours... a visual feast to match the melodic sense of the words. This is a perfect book for any adult to share with their own much loved little one.' -- Armadillo 'This version of Robert Burns' famous poem has been given a new, and beautiful, twist as it depicts the special love between a parent and child... This book has given me a whole new perspective on a poem I have known my whole life, and that's the magic of this picture book. ' -- BookBairn, book blogger