Fergus Finds a Friend

Kenneth Steven; Illustrated by Louise Crowe

Out of print

Quick Look

  • Fergus's adventures take him on an exciting journey to meet unexpected people and discover new places.
  • This charming story of friendship and adventure is beautifully illustrated by the realistic and vibrant work of Louise Crowe.

Fergus the otter travels along the riverbank to find a new home, meeting all sorts of new creatures along the way.

254 x 210 mm
Floris Books
Picture Kelpies
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 6 years
32 pages
Publication date:
30 Sep 2010
Picture Kelpies


It's time for Fergus the young otter to leave home. During his journey along the riverbank he meets all sorts of new creatures, both friend and foe -- a robin, a butterfly, some dogs who chase him and, strangest of all, a prickly hedgehog. But will he find a new, safe place to make a home and friends of his own kind?

This is a sweet story which will delight any animal-loving child.


'Steven's warm story is sympathetically illustrated by Crowe as she brings the countryside to life.'
-- The Scotsman

'A delightful picture book nature story about a Scottish otter named Fergus who searches for a friend and a new home. Sensitively illustrated with detailed paintings of Scottish wild country and animals that inhabit it.'
-- Midwest Book Review

'Charming illustrations grace this story of Fergus, the otter who leaves home to make a new life.'
-- The Yellow Brick Road

'Beautifully illustrated with a fine eye for natural detail.'
-- School Librarian

'Lovely to look at, and written with a elegant and eloquent simplicity, this book has a charm that is likely to interest and appeal to children in the 6 to 8+ age-range. Their eyes will be brightly opened.'
-- Trevor Dickinson, School Librarian


Kenneth Steven is a poet and children's author based in Perthshire, Scotland. Much of his inspiration comes from nature; he loves walking and exploring in the countryside. Twenty of his books have been published over the years and his children's books have been translated into over a dozen languages. He visits many schools to give readings and to run writing workshops.

You can also visit the author's own website at http://www.kennethsteven.co.uk

Louise Crowe studied children's book illustration at Chelsea college of art and design. She has worked in many areas, including children's educational films and book publishing. Her love of nature has lead to numerous projects for a large London council helping to engage children with nature.


Fergus Finds a Friend is in Floris Books' range of Picture Kelpie Scottish children's picture books. Parents of young children might also enjoy the dedicated Picture Kelpies website. Download and print out games, colouring and jokes for your children based on Picture Kelpie favourites, and find out more about these quality Scottish picture books to enjoy together.

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