The Secret of the Kelpie
Written by Lari Don
Illustrated by Philip Longson
Part of the Picture Kelpies: Traditional Scottish Tales Series
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The Secret of the Kelpie by Lari DonEvery loch in Scotland, however beautiful, has its cold, dark depths. And every loch in Scotland has its kelpie. But it's easy to forget those dangers on a sunny afternoon... Flora is playing with her brothers and sisters by the loch when she notices a stunning white horse. While her siblings clamour for a chance to ride the beautiful animal, Flora is worried. Where has this strange horse come from? Why are its hoof prints wet? Too late Flora realises this is no horse! It's a kelpie: a shape-shifting water horse from Scottish folklore known to steal children. Can Flora reveal the secret of the kelpie in time to save her family? The kelpie, once a lesser-known creature of Scottish mythology, is now enjoying legendary status as Andy Scott's magnificent Kelpies statues have become a world-famous tourist attraction. The classic tale of the kelpie is wonderfully retold for 4-7 year olds in this gripping adaptation by renowned Scottish children's author and storyteller Lari Don, with breathtaking illustrations by artist Philip Longson.
'The story is haunting, and along with its lovely, detailed illustrations, it captures the look and feel of Scotland perfectly. ' --Goodreads, Barbara '... The author uses elements of various traditional versions and acknowledges several collections of Scottish tales as source material. But Don makes her story far gentler than many.'
'It's a short but resonant story, simply told and vividly illustrated in this large-format book. With swirling lines, soft earthy colors, and dramatic compositions, Longson's illustrations capture the beauty of the natural world as well as the ominous undertones of the tale. A haunting picture book with a stouthearted heroine.' --Booklist 'The illustrations are very pretty and fun, and are an exciting part of the story.' --Kids'
'Beautiful books which are a great introduction to the folklore genre... Wonderful stories which will give children a real sense of Scottish culture.'
'The captive knight's rescuer comes off as particularly fierce and courageous in this retelling of the old Scottish border ballad. Scowling beneath a heavy mane of red hair, Janet shines with determination in Longson's shadowed, misty Celtic scenes... A traditional Scots tale served up both fresh and freshly illustrated.'
About the Author
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