The Secret of the Kelpie by Lari Don
(Picture Kelpies)

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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.
 

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Lari Don has worked in politics and broadcasting and is now a full-time writer and storyteller. She was born in Chile, grew up in northeast Scotland, and currently lives in Leith on the north side of Edinburgh. Lari began writing her first children s novel at night while her own children slept and finished it when her younger daughter started nursery. She is the author of several picture books for young children, as well as novels for young adults. Philip Longson is an artist and illustrator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art and has exhibited his work in shows from London to Edinburgh. Inspired mainly by mythology and folk tales his work usually deals with fantastical or otherworldly stories.
 
Published May 15, 2016 by Floris Books. 32 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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K-Gr 2—Near the shore of a Scottish loch, a blacksmith's children are playing hide-and-seek when their game is interrupted by the appearance of a beautiful white horse wearing a fancy saddle. While her siblings are intent on climbing onto the horse's back for a ride, young Flora is skeptical. Obs...

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