Urquhart Castle sits near the banks of Loch Ness. It was one of Scotland's largest castles, and its ruins include a tower house commanding views of the famous loch and Great Glen. The castle has experienced a lot of conflict throughout its 500 years as a medieval fortress. It's history from the 13th to 17th centuries was particularly bloody. Following the invasion of Edward I, it fell into English hands, was reclaimed and lost again. Then in the 14th century, it was part of the Scots' struggle for independence. It came under the control of Robert the Bruce after he became King of Scots, and in the 15th and 16th centuries the castle and glen were raided from the west by the ruthless MacDonald Lords of the Isles. Now none of that means much to a kid. What is important to a kid is the mystery and the fun of a place, and this is a place where the imagination of a kid will know no bounds. Practice reading skills through word recognition, word repetition and rhyme as you look though the camera lens of photographer, John D. Weigand. Award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan, and John D. Weigand know how to keep a kid's interest, because they see through the eyes of a child. And if you look on the Bellissimavideo YouTube channel for the music video that goes with this book, you will find even more learning fun!
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