The Tale of Tam Linn by Lari Don
(Picture Kelpies: Traditional Scottish Tales)

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The captive knight’s rescuer comes off as particularly fierce and courageous in this retelling of the old Scottish border ballad...The romance being relegated to a closing glimpse of the two young folk holding hands, Janet’s heroism is the rendition’s most visible theme...A traditional Scots tale served up both fresh and freshly illustrated.
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Janet is forbidden from visiting the woods near her father's castle because legend says that long ago a local boy called Tam Linn was stolen there by the fairy queen and never returned. But Janet isn't afraid of fairy stories...

Deep in the woods, by a well, she meets a fairy knight―the famous Tam Linn, forbidden to leave by the evil queen's spell.

Janet decides to save her new friend, but when the queen and her army appear, fairy magic turns Tam into a whole host of Scottish creatures. Can Janet hold on long enough to rescue him?

A sharp and intelligent retelling of the traditional Scottish fairy tale of Tam Linn, which originated in the Scottish Borders, adapted for a young audience. Award-winning author Lari Don's fresh take on this well-known story is perfectly complimented by artist Philip Longson's breathtaking illustrations.

The Tale of Tam Linn is one of the first titles released in the new Picture Kelpies: Traditional Scottish Tales range of picture books that bring classic Scottish folk and fairy tales to life for young children.

(Ages 4-7)
 

About Lari Don

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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 the Fabled Beast Chronicles: First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts; Wolf Notes and other Musical Mishaps, Storm Singing and Other Tangled Tasks; and Maze Running and Other Magicial Missions for older children, as well as Rocking Horse War. She has also written four other picture books for children, The Big Bottom Hunt; How to Make a Heron Happy, Orange Juice Peas and The Magic Word. 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 November 1, 2014 by Floris Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.
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The captive knight’s rescuer comes off as particularly fierce and courageous in this retelling of the old Scottish border ballad...The romance being relegated to a closing glimpse of the two young folk holding hands, Janet’s heroism is the rendition’s most visible theme...A traditional Scots tale served up both fresh and freshly illustrated.

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