Friday, January 20, 2012

The Story of Greyfrairs Bobby by Forbes Macgregor

This is quite a challenging read and tells the real story of Greyfriars Bobby. The book firstly gives a background into how the Greyfriars Church and cemetery evolved over the centuries. It then gives a clear and detailed description of what Old Edinburg would have been like when John Gray and Bobby were alive.
Old Endinburg was full of closers, courts and wynds like Hall's Court. About a hundred thousand people were packed into this crowded unhealthy town. It was like an enormous rabbit-warren, with dark passages leading from one burrow to another. Crimes were committed and some never discovered by policemen or detectives. But people caught breaking the law were severely punished.
Chapter three then introduces John Gray and his loyal and plucky little Skye terrier, and the story unfolds until the passing of Bobby.

The chapters in the book are as follows:
The Grey Friars
Old Edinburg in Bobby's Time
Enter Bobby, the Skye Terrier Puppy
Bobby is puzzled by Strange Happiness
A Sad Market Day for Wee Bobby
Bobby's Long Watch Begins
Bobby and the One O'clock Gun
Bobby is in Great Danger
Bobby is Now Famous

If this book is too hard going for students, they can always read the picturebook version which is also in the Little Library of Rescued Books, and/or watch the DVD I have purchased for use in the unit. Click on the link below to see the review of the picture book version.

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