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The secret of the kelpie

by Don, Lari,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Location Collection Call #
Northern Tier Regional Library Picture Book J PB DON
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Picture Book
Call Number  J PB DON
"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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Created from elements of several traditional Scottish tales, this story concerns children who narrowly escape from a kelpie, a shape-shifting water horse inhabiting a nearby loch. When the blacksmith's five children run down to the loch to play near a tall, gray stone, they find a white horse. One by one, they climb upon his back, but Flora, the youngest, is suspicious and refuses. When the horse walks toward the water and they are unable to jump off, they realize that they have been tricked by a kelpie. Reading the pictograms on the gray stone, Flora realizes the creature's weakness and tells her brothers and sisters, who are saved by her quick wits and courage. A source note references three folklore collections but not individual tales. It's a short but resonant story, simply told and vividly illustrated in this large-format book. 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.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Fairy tales -- Scotland -- Juvenile fiction.
Fairy tales.
Folklore -- Scotland -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher Edinburgh :2016
Contributors Longson, Philip, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
ISBN 9781782502531
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