The Secret of the Kelpie

By Lari Don

Illustrator: Philip Longson

Format: Paperback

A stunning adaptation of the traditional Scottish folktale of the kelpie -- starring a shape-shifting water horse -- made world-famous by Andy Scott's kelpies statues. Can Flora uncover the secret of the kelpie in time to save her family?

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Floris Books

Floris Books is an independent publishing company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2016 Floris won the Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year. Floris Books is the largest children's book publisher in Scotland and are well known for the Kelpies range of Scottish children's books. They also publish international children’s books and an extensive list of non-fiction books, including alternative education, agriculture, health, parenting and religion.

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"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.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Paperback
Imprint Floris Books
Publication Date 17 Mar 2016
ISBN 9781782502524
Number of Pages 32

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'A wonderful re-telling of the traditional Scottish folk tale. The language is very accessible and the hushed earth and water colours of the illustrations perfectly capture the impact of the Scottish landscape and the drama of the story. Ideal for storytelling.'--Carousel, Annie Everall 'A classic tale of the kelpie that is wonderfully and beautifully retold for children ages 4-7 in this gripping adaptation... and enhanced with the breathtaking illustrations by artist Philip Longson.'-- Midwest Book Review'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.'-- Kirkus'The illustrations are very pretty and fun, and are an exciting part of the story.'--Kids' Book BuzzPraise for the Scottish Traditional Tales:'Beautiful books which are a great introduction to the folklore genre... Wonderful stories which will give children a real sense of Scottish culture.'-- Creative StepsPraise for The Tale of Tam Linn:'A traditional Scots tale served up both fresh and freshly illustrated.'-- Kirkus'The illustrations are very pretty and fun, and are an exciting part of the story.'--Kids' Book Buzz'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

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