Children's Stories

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Songs for Zac

Here you will find a PDF song sheet and an MP3 music file of A Capella songs sung by me over the last few months and sent individually to Zac (Isaac Rory Bonthron) our grandson born on 4 August, 2020, in Abingdon near Oxford.

I am keen to ensure Zac gets a chance to hear and sing these songs.

They are all Scottish gems except Edelweiss, a song I love to sing.

Why not grab a copy of the words and sing along!

Here we go. I hope you like them.

A Gordon for Me
Ally Bally Bee (Coulter’s Candy)
Bee Baw Babbity
Bonnie Dundee
Katie Bairdie
Red Yo Yo
Braes o’ Killecrankie o’
The Jeely Piece Song
Three Craws
Edelweiss
Ye canny shove yer Grannnies
Wee Cooper o’ Fife
Skye Boat Song
Will ye no’ come back again?

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Stuck! (4,000 words, about 15 minutes to read)

This is a story written for our grandson Ethan (7) and Drew (5) who are both gifted young artists.

Ethan has recently made a start on is own story writing career which you can find here by searching for
Spy Fox or clicking on Updates and scrolling down.

The story was developed with the boys, as explained in the preface.

Suitable as a read to for younger children of as a self-reader for P£3 and upwards.

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Spy Fox by Ethan Bonthron, age 7

Our grandson Ethan is in primary 3 and was asked to write a story about a spy, as an exercise in

creative writing.

Here is his story, complete with his own illustrations.

About a year ago, Ethan got the reading bug and has become a voracious reader.

At school a few weeks before this story, he began a project about The Vikings.

When the topic was first introduced, Ethan was already well informed. Invited to tell the class what he knew about The Vikings, he launched into a ‘lecture’ which prompted his teacher to say,

“Well, if anyone needs to know anything about The Vikings, just ask Ethan”.

Thank you Ethan for giving me permission to publish your story on my website.

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Nuria Melek und Mario (German version)

Below is the introduction for the English version of this story which I hope will explain the background to this story.

The German text has been provided by Google Translate. My apologies for any errors.

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“Eli Celli and Mario” wurde vor einigen Jahren zum ersten Mal geschrieben, als Eli Celli ungefähr 4 Jahre alt war. Eli Celli ist jetzt 7 Jahre alt und die Geschichte wurde entsprechend aktualisiert.

Es spielt in der Schweiz, wo er mit seinen Eltern Fiona und Haki und seiner kleinen Schwester Nuria Melek, die 4 Jahre alt ist, lebt. Sie wohnen in der Nähe ihrer Großeltern Stef und Pia, deren Heimat das nächste Dorf ist (Meierskappel im Kanton Luzern). Fionas Bruder ist Onkel Simon und er hat einen Hund namens Gwin.

Fiona lieferte die Illustrationen in Umrissen und Stef fügte Farbe hinzu. Ich hoffe, Sie werden mir zustimmen, dass sie wunderbar schrullig und “Swiss Perfect” sind!

Es gibt auch eine deutsche Version dieser Geschichte auf dieser Website. Die Übersetzung und Adaption dieser Version wurde von Renanta Bachmann geleitet, unterstützt von Stef und Pia.

Als Nuria die Geschichte von „Eli Celli und Mario” hörte, wollte sie eine eigene Geschichte.

Diese Geschichte heißt “Nuria Melek und Mario”. Es gibt es auch in Englisch und Deutsch auf dieser Website. Ich sollte hinzufügen, dass die englischen und deutschen Geschichten nicht identisch sind.

Die Familien Hagmann und Bonthron sind seit 1978 enge Freunde, als Stef und Pia einige Jahre in Glasgow lebten.

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Nuria Melek and Mario (English version)

This is a parallel story to “Eli Celli and Mario” which also exists on this website.

Both stories are available in English and Germnan.

Below is a copy of the introduction for “Eli Celli and Mario” which I hope will explain the background.

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“Eli Celli and Mario” was first written a few years ago when Eli Celli was about 4 years old. Eli Celli is now 7 years old and the story has been updated accordingly.

It is set in Switzerland where he lives with his parents Fiona and Haki and his little sister Nuria Melek who is 4 years old. They live near their grandparents Stef and Pia whose home is in the next village (Meierskappel in Canton Luzern). Fiona’s brother is Uncle Simon and he has a dog called Gwin.

Fiona provided the illustrations in outline and Stef added colour. I hope you will agree they are wonderfully quirky and ‘Swiss Perfect’!

There is also a German version of this story on this website. The translation and adaptation of this version was led by Renanta Bachmann, assisted by Stef and Pia.

When Nuria heard the story of “Eli Celli and Mario”, she wanted a story of her own.

This story is called “Nuria Melek and Mario”. It also exists in English and German on this website. I should add that the English and German tales are not identical.

The Hagmann and Bonthron families have been close friends since 1978 when Stef and Pia lived in Glasgow for a few years.

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Eli Celli und Mario (German version)

This German version of the introduction has been translated by Google. The English text can be read at the English version on this website. My apologies for any errors.

“Eli Celli and Mario” wurde vor einigen Jahren zum ersten Mal geschrieben, als Eli Celli ungefähr 4 Jahre alt war. Eli Celli ist jetzt 7 Jahre alt und die Geschichte wurde entsprechend aktualisiert.

Es spielt in der Schweiz, wo er mit seinen Eltern Fiona und Haki und seiner kleinen Schwester Nuria Melek, die 4 Jahre alt ist, lebt. Sie wohnen in der Nähe ihrer Großeltern Stef und Pia, deren Heimat das nächste Dorf ist (Meierskappel im Kanton Luzern). Fionas Bruder ist Onkel Simon und er hat einen Hund namens Gwin.

Fiona lieferte die Illustrationen in Umrissen und Stef fügte Farbe hinzu. Ich hoffe, Sie werden mir zustimmen, dass sie wunderbar schrullig und “Swiss Perfect” sind!

Es gibt auch eine deutsche Version dieser Geschichte auf dieser Website. Die Übersetzung und Adaption dieser Version wurde von Renanta Bachmann geleitet, unterstützt von Stef und Pia.

Als Nuria die Geschichte von „Eli Celli und Mario” hörte, wollte sie eine eigene Geschichte.

Diese Geschichte heißt “Nuria Melek und Mario”. Es gibt es auch in Englisch und Deutsch auf dieser Website. Ich sollte hinzufügen, dass die englischen und deutschen Geschichten nicht identisch sind.

Die Familien Hagmann und Bonthron sind seit 1978 enge Freunde, als Stef und Pia einige Jahre in Glasgow lebten.

Click to download PDF Click here to download the PDF.

Eli Celli and Mario (English version)

“Eli Celli and Mario” was first written a few years ago when Eli Celli was about 4 years old. Eli Celli is now 7 years old and the story has been updated accordingly.

It is set in Switzerland where he lives with his parents Fiona and Haki and his little sister Nuria Melek who is 4 years old. They live near their grandparents Stef and Pia whose home is in the next village (Meierskappel in Canton Luzern). Fiona’s brother is Uncle Simon and he has a dog called Gwin.

Fiona provided the illustrations in outline and Stef added colour. I hope you will agree they are wonderfully quirky and ‘Swiss Perfect’!

There is also a German version of this story on this website. The translation and adaptation of this version was led by Renanta Bachmann, assisted by Stef and Pia.

When Nuria heard the story of “Eli Celli and Mario”, she wanted a story of her own.

This story is called “Nuria Melek and Mario”. It also exists in English and German on this website. I should add that the English and German tales are not identical.

The Hagmann and Bonthron families have been close friends since 1978 when Stef and Pia lived in Glasgow for a few years.

Click to download PDF Click here to download the PDF.

Archie’s Breakout Adventure

In April 2020, during the third week of THE LOCKDOWN in Scotland, we were spending time on Zoom and WhatsApp keeping in touch with our grandsons Ethan (6) and Drew (4). At the time they were homing two borrowed tortoises from Auntie Sharon who keeps a small home zoo of waifs and strays.

Archie and Trixie were used to being handled and enjoyed ranging around the garden, digging into the flower beds and burying themselves, hiding. Archie was especially active and adventurous; Trixie more timid.

After a parallel reading session on Zoom with Grandma, Ethan and I engaged in a bit of fantasy time about the sort of thing Archie might get up to.

Read on, dear readers.

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Ethan, Drew and the Dragon’s Cave

This is a little tale about a boy who likes to play hide and seek.

One day, he found a very unusual hiding place which was a wee bit scary.

The illustration of Dorothy the Dragon is by their big cousin Matthew, who is 9.

The illustration of Sebastian the Scorpion is by Ethan, who is 6.

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Once Upon a Christmas Eve

This is a little Christmas tale for boys and girls of all ages.

It was written for Ethan (5) and Drew (3) who are busy making lists to send to Santa.

The story was prompted by a Writer’s Circus challenge “One Upon a Time”.

This version is revised to include more information about Snow White’s Seven Dwarfs.

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