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Number of Pages: 36
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Fairy Tales & Folklore
Series Title: Picture Kelpies
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Kelpies
Age Range: 4-8 Years
Book theme: General
Author: Lari Don
Language: English



About the Book



A unique origin story for one of the world's most famous magical creatures, with stunning illustrations.



Book Synopsis



Once upon a time, a young prince lost his smile.

It seemed nothing would make Prince Donald smile, not songs from the musician or cakes from the baker. The court magician tried to make a new magical beast for the prince, but it was so frightening he let it go. Still determined to help Donald, the magician's granddaughter, Hana, invents a majestic creature with the body of a horse and the horn of a gazelle, and calls him 'a unicorn'.

Hana and Donald playfully chase the unicorn through the forest, and it seems that this magical animal might hold the key to the prince's smile. But then they discover a darker beast, lurking in the trees...

This is a sparkling origin tale from the creators of The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster.



Review Quotes




'Based upon a retelling of Scottish folklore by Lari Don,

The Legend of the First Unicorn

is beautifully illustrated throughout with museum quality artwork by Natasa Ilincic and will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.'
- Midwest Book Review

'If you like unicorns, you will love The Legend of the First Unicorn, and even if you are not necessarily a fan of unicorns, you should still read it because it is really well written. It is a magical story of friendship, faith, and finding joy in life. The main characters are a boy and a girl who go on an adventure together, and one of them has planned it to cheer the other one up. Unlike many other books about unicorns, this one is inspired by a Scottish legend, so it feels authentic and not cheesy like many other books on the subject. Readers who like fantasy, who are drawn to folk tales, or who have Scottish heritage will be especially excited about this book. The book has beautiful illustrations that make you feel like you're right there in the magical forest looking for the unicorn. It is a good book for all ages because there is a good story but it's short enough to keep even young readers' attention.'
- Alexandria, Age 8, for Kids Book Buzz

'There's plenty of magic, but it's old-style Scottish magic, without any pink glitter, and all the more potent for it... A perfect first foray into folklore for a young reader, but also a reminder that picture books are not just for pre-schoolers - this rich blend of words and Natasa's striking pictures should be enjoyed by much older children (and grown-ups) too.'
- Roaring Reads

'It's nice to read a book which focuses on something other than a unicorn's cuteness. Natasa's illustrations beautifully capture the majesty and strength of the unicorn. I also really liked the pages with swirling magic and powdered starlight. I enjoyed The Legend of the First Unicorn - a tale steeped in the tradition of Scottish oral history and full of wonder and magic.'
- Get Kids Into Books

Praise for Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster:

'Along with atmospheric views of the deep loch's swirling waters and long, low hills beneath cloudy skies, Ilincic crafts a particularly magnificent monster, green, scaly, and dragonesque.'
- Kirkus Reviews

'Imaginatively written and beautifully illustrated [...] Very highly recommended for children ages 3 to 7, 'The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster' will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.'
- Midwest Book Review

'Beautifully illustrated in rich warm tones, Loch Ness and its wonderful sea monster come to life for the reader.'
- Youth Services Book Review

'As classic as something from the Grimm Brothers, while also being, somehow, entirely new.'
- Booklist

'Author Lari Don tells a magical tale that has the cadence and all the earmarks of an ancient myth using a monster that will be familiar to most youngsters as the basis. The gorgeous illustrations by Nataśa Ilinčic will carry young readers to the British Isles through enchanting drawings that are filled with charming details. This is a real winner. 5/5.'
- Manhattan Book Review




About the Author



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 more than 20 books for children of all ages including the Fabled Beasts Chronicles and Spellchasers trilogy for middle grade readers, Mind Blind for young teens, and picture books The Tale of Tam Linn, The Secret of the Kelpie, and The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster. Natasa Ilinčic is a designer and illustrator originally from Croatia and now living and working in Edinburgh. She is particularly inspired by magic and folklore. She is the illustrator of The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster.

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