The Lion and the Unicorn and Other Hairy Tales by Jane Ray

The Lion and the Unicorn and Other Hairy Tales

Written by Jane Ray
Illustrated by Jane Ray

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017

Award-winning illustrator Jane Ray has gathered together a wonderful collection of stories from around the world which reflect her love of all kinds of animals – real and imaginary. Beautifully illustrated, each story whether it is from forest, mountain, jungle or plain, tells readers something about the importance of valuing animals and respecting their specific purpose. Familiar favourites including the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, the hilarious Rudyard Kipling tale of How the Rhinoceros Got his Skin and the title story, The Lion and the Unicorn are intermingled with less familiar stories such as The Singing Ringing Tree. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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The Lion and the Unicorn and Other Hairy Tales by Jane Ray

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The Lion and the Unicorn and Other Hairy Tales by Jane Ray

Jane Ray’s stunning story collection features The Lion & The Unicorn, Brer Wolf, The Singing Ringing Tree, Theseus and the Minotaur and many more. Beautifully illustrated and designed with stories that keep you turning the pages.

About the Author

Jane Ray

As a child

Jane Ray grew up in Muswell Hill, London, in a house full of books and music (her father is a pianist). She always loved to paint and draw and first started making books at the age of five. She never much enjoyed going to school as it was an interruption to what she really wanted to do and she still can’t believe that she is actually able to earn a living, staying at home and painting and drawing.

As an adult

Jane trained at art school in 3-dimensional design (ceramics, glass-blowing, furniture and jewellery design) but came back to illustration which is what she always wanted to do when she graduated. She has worked, among other things, as a life model, a special needs teacher, a telephone cleaner and a mural artist. She has three children and works from a very nice shed at the bottom of the garden.

As an artist

Jane started out, after leaving art school, by designing greetings cards, wrapping paper, book jackets and posters, and selling her paintings. However, the making of picture books has become the most important aspect of her work and she has recently begun to write as well as illustrate. She finds the picture book to be the most satisfying of art forms. She often goes into schools to talk about her books and to work with children and finds this a stimulating alternative to the blank sheet of paper.

Things you didn't know about Jane Ray:

1. Favourite food – Sunday roast with all the trimmings and all the family.
2. She has two cats.
3. She used to play the cello.
4. She doesn’t like grapefruit.
5. She wishes she could play the piano.
6. She likes to sing in the bath.
7. She doesn’t drink tea.
8. She’d be a teacher if she wasn’t an illustrator, or she’d have a flower stall.
9. She likes English weather!
10. She loves her garden studio and works there every day, after a two-mile walk each morning.

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Publication date

4th October 2017




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