Fergus Finds a Friend by Kenneth Steven


Fergus Finds a Friend by Kenneth Steven

It's time for Fergus the young otter to leave home. During his journey along the riverbank he meets all sorts of new creatures, both friend and foe -- a robin, a butterfly, some dogs who chase him and, strangest of all, a prickly hedgehog. But will he find a new, safe place to make a home and friends of his own kind? This is a sweet story which will delight any animal-loving child.


'From Kenneth Steven and Louise Crowe comes the charming Fergus Finds a Friend. Fergus is a young otter leaving home to begin his own adventure. As he follows the river, he meets many other creatures. Most are friendly but a few are scary and Fergus begins to feel alone and afraid. However, all ends happily as Fergus finds a new home and a new friend. Steven's warm story is sympathetically illustrated by Crowe as she brings the countryside to life.'

Fergus Finds a Friend is a delightful picture book nature story about a Scottish otter named Fergus who searches for a friend and a new home. Sensitively illustrated with detailed paintings of Scottish wild country and animals that inhabit it, Fergus Finds a Friend is an adventure tale with a happy ending that will appeal to children age 3 and up. Fergus Finds a Friend is part of a series of Scottish picture books for young children called Picture Kelpies

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About the Author

Kenneth Steven

Kenneth Steven is a versatile Scottish author who finds much of his inspiration in the landscape and people of northern Scotland. Kenneth began writing at the age of 12 and his first novel was published when he was 16. He now writes for both adults and children, from fiction, poetry and picture books (including The Sea Mice and the Stars which was short-listed for the Royal Mail Scottish Children’s Book Awards) to handbooks on the art of crafting and publishing poetry.

Kenneth also writes for broadcast (he was awarded a Gold Sony Radio Award in 2006 for his programme on St Kilda) and his fluency in Norwegian enables him to work on translations (his translation of Lars Saabye Christensen’s The Half Brother saw him long-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and short-listed for the international IMPAC Award). Kenneth particularly loves the freedom that writing provides: the finding and weaving of stories and the ability to create a new world. Kenneth frequently presents his work to adults and children. He also offers himself as Writer in Residence to schools and the wider community.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Publication date

22nd September 2010



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