The Secret Of The Kelpie
By (author) Lari Don; Illustrated by Philip Longson
“Every 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.
Lari Don has worked in politics and broadcasting, but is now a full-time writer and storyteller. She grew up in the north-east of Scotland, and lives in Edinburgh. She is the author of more than 20 children’s books for all ages from picture books and early readers to middle-grade adventures and teen thrillers. The first book in her much-loved Fabled Beast Chronicles series, First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts, was awarded a Scottish Children’s Book Award. Much of Lari’s work is inspired by myth, legend and folklore from her native Scotland and around the world. – See more at: http://www.discoverkelpies.co.uk/kelpies-author/lari-don-2/#sthash.rWy0shvG.dpuf