Mintlaw primary kid “seals” library deal

Kian and Dad, Murray wrote a book that Portlethen Library hope will inspire younger children to read more
Kian and Dad, Murray wrote a book that Portlethen Library hope will inspire younger children to read more

A five-year-old kid from Mintlaw Primary School will be the talk of the class when his book appears in an Aberdeenshire Library.

Kian Leith from Downies wrote the book ‘Kian and Timmy the Trawlers’ Big Adventures’ with help from Dad, Murray.

5 year old Kian has written a book with help from dad Murray

5 year old Kian has written a book with help from dad Murray

Murray explained how his son had written the book after being fascinated with stories he was told about Downies through the years.

Kians book has an environmental theme through out it explained Murray.

He said: “They go off to rescue a seal with a plastic bag round it’s neck meeting local fisherman on the way.

“They save the seal then use the trawlers net to clear rubbish up from the sea.”

All the pictures in the book are from Downies village and comprise of real people and buildings.

The fun project that took two weeks to complete was originally just for father and son until Portlethen Library in Aberdeenshire asked for a copy to inspire other young children to read more.

Murray said that he was proud of the work his son had put in.

He said: “The input and thought he put into the book amazed me and made me very proud.

“The way he picked all the pictures that Portlethen Heritage Site let us use along with our own pics and tried his best to build a story.

Murray added: “Some of his ideas he got from watching wildlife documentaries and he wanted a trawler as he stays near the sea and I used to work on the trawlers so it made perfect sense.

“It was a great experience to see our book completed with no professional help just a simple book with a great story.”