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Lari Don - Author

About the Author

Lari Don is an award-winning author and storyteller who loves sharing traditional tales from all over the world. Lari was born in Chile, and brought up in Scotland and now lives in Edinburgh with her family. She has worked in politics and for the BBC, but now spends her time passing on old stories and making up new ones. She is a traditional storyteller, as well as an award-winning children’s author; her fiction is inspired by her love of myths, legends and fables.

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Fierce, Fearless and Free Girls in myths and legends from around the world

Fierce, Fearless and Free Girls in myths and legends from around the world

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

A brilliant, inclusive collection of traditional tales from around the world featuring amazing women and girls. Once upon a time, there was a handsome prince who - no, that's not right! Once upon a time, there were strong, fierce women who plotted, schemed, took action, showed kindness, used magic and trickery, and made their own destiny. From the long-haired Petrosinella who escaped the tower and broke the spell that the ogress had cast over her and Nana Miriam who beat a hippo using politeness and magic, to Kate Crackernuts who tried to save her stepsister from her mother's curse, these are stories of girls doing it for themselves! With stories drawn from all over the world, including China, Scotland, Armenia, Italy and Nigeria, Lari Don presents heroine stories that don't leave girls sitting around waiting to be saved by the handsome prince.

The Legend of the First Unicorn

The Legend of the First Unicorn

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2020

Once upon a time in Scotland, a young prince had lost his smile. It seemed nothing could raise a smile from Prince Donald, not the baker's treats or the bard's songs. The court magician tried to make a new magical beast for the prince, but it was so awkward he let it go. Hana, the magician's granddaughter, was still determined to help Donald. Using her grandfather's magic, she invented a majestic creature with the body of a horse and the horn of a gazelle, and called him 'a unicorn'. Hana and Donald playfully chase the unicorn through the forest, and it seems that this magical animal might hold the key to the prince's smile. But then they discover a darker beast, lurking in the trees. The unicorn, magical and strong, is Scotland's national animal and heraldic symbol. Renowned Scottish children's author and storyteller Lari Don weaves an enchanting tale, inspired by local folklore, about the origins of the unicorn. A perfect companion to bestselling picture book The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster, this stunning and authentic tale is atmospherically brought to life by Nata a Ilincic's rich illustrations, and is destined to become a classic.

Never Trust a Tiger A Tale from Korea

Never Trust a Tiger A Tale from Korea

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2019

A merchant and tiger debate whether or not life is fair and whether the tiger can eat the merchant who has just rescued him. This witty, critically acclaimed illustrated chapter book retelling of a folk tale from Korea is available individually and as part of the Stories from around the World: 4 Tales of Problem-Solving & Wit set.

The Hungry Wolf A Tale from Mexico

The Hungry Wolf A Tale from Mexico

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2019

When a hungry young wolf spots a tasty-looking animal in the field above the river, he thinks he has found some dinner . . . but the fluffy little lamb is more clever than he has bargained for. Will the lamb become a tasty snack, or will she escape the wolf's hungry jaws?

Masha and the Bear A Tale from Russia

Masha and the Bear A Tale from Russia

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2019

When young Masha gets lost in the woods, a friendly bear welcomes her into his home. . . only to insist she stay forever to keep his house tidy. Masha, however, has other plans. This illustrated chapter book retelling of an Russian folktale is available individually and as part of the Stories from around the World: 4 Tales of Persistence & Grit set.

The Tortoise's Gift A Tale from Zambia

The Tortoise's Gift A Tale from Zambia

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2019

When a draught leaves all the animals hungry, one by one they try to discover the name of the magical tree that will give them its fruit if asked by name but only one animal will succeed. This illustrated chapter book retelling of folktale from Zambia is available individually and as part of the Stories from around the World: 4 Tales of Persistence & Grit set.

The Hide and Seek Squirrels Band 06/Orange

The Hide and Seek Squirrels Band 06/Orange

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2019

Hazel, Cashew and Conker are squirrels who have hidden their nuts somewhere safe - but they can't remember where! Will they ever find them again? This fun story was written by Lari Don. Hazel, Cashew and Conker are squirrels who have hidden their nuts somewhere safe - but they can't remember where! Will they ever find them again? This fun story was written by Lari Don. Orange/Band 6 offers varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages and reduced support from illustrations. A wider range of texts is included. The focus sounds in this book are:/ai/ a /j/ ge, g, dge /ch/ tch, t /ee/ e, y /w/ wh /c/ ch /s/ se /igh/ y, ie /l/ le /f/ ph /v/ ve /oo/ u /z/ se Pages 22 and 23 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Reading notes within the book provide practical support for reading Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds with children, including a list of all the sounds and words that the book will cover.

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Author: Lari Don Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2019

Are you afraid of the big bad wolf? With this retelling of the classing story, kids will experience empathy and courage as they walk in the shoes of a brave Little Red. Finely detailed paintings create an enticing world of quirky characters in a dark and mysterious forest. Includes story CD read by actress Imelda Staunton.

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