George is more or less the same age as RASCAL, who had his great sailing adventure with Skipper. At this age imagination often feels like reality. When young children read a book they can be there, alongside the hero or group of friends, part of the action and joining in. I hope that sometime George will have the chance to spend time in the Western Isles of Scotland and this little story will have primed him to be aware of all the wonderful and interesting things there are to see. The history of endless Viking raiding parties, superstitious stories of witches and fairies told round wintertime fires. And there are the birds, gannets plunging into the sea and endearing puffins. Rafts of newly hatched Eider ducklings, no more than balls of fluff, but paddling hard after their mother and with little beaks darting after this and that as they go.