The Legend of the First Unicorn

Lari Don; Illustrated by Nataša Ilinčić

Price:
£7.99
Availability:
Not yet published - due 20 Feb 2020

Quick Look

  • An enchanting origins tale of the first unicorn, inspired by ancient folklore and destined to become a classic
  • Stunningly illustrated in exquisite detail by Nataša Ilincic
  • A story of imagination, friendship and bravery
  • The perfect companion to Lari Don's bestselling picture books The Secret of the Kelpie and The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster

A captivating, beautifully illustrated story of the first unicorn in Scotland, filled with magic, love and folklore charm. From the creators of The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster.

Format:
paperback
Size:
294 x 219 mm
Publisher:
Floris Books
Subject:
Picture Kelpies: Traditional Tales
Illustrations:
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 4 to 7 years
Extent:
36 pages
ISBN:
9781782506270
Publication date:
20 Feb 2020
Series:
Picture Kelpies: Traditional Scottish Tales

Description

Once upon a time in Scotland, a young prince had lost his smile.

It seemed nothing could raise a smile from Prince Donald, not the baker's treats or the bard's songs. The court magician tried to make a new magical beast for the prince, but it was so awkward he let it go. Hana, the magician's granddaughter, was still determined to help Donald. Using her grandfather's magic, she invented a majestic creature with the body of a horse and the horn of a gazelle, and called 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.

The unicorn, magical and strong, is Scotland's national animal and heraldic symbol. Renowned Scottish children's author and storyteller Lari Don weaves an enchanting tale, inspired by local folklore, about the origins of the unicorn.

A perfect companion to bestselling picture book The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster, this stunning and authentic tale is atmospherically brought to life by Nataša Ilinčić's rich illustrations, and is destined to become a classic.

Reviews

Praise for The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster:

‘With a refreshing new spin on the classic legend of the Loch Ness Monster, Lari Don offers children a tender and inspiring tale.’
-- Scottish Field

‘Dreamlike illustrations from Nataša Ilincic match the story perfectly, dark and fascinating against majestic landscapes.’
-- Acorn Books

'Lari Don tells a magical tale that has the cadence and all the earmarks of an ancient myth... The gorgeous illustrations by Nataśa Ilinčić 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

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 of 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 and The Secret of the Kelpie.

Nataša Ilinčić is a designer and illustrator originally from Croatia and now living and working in Edinburgh. She is particularly inspired by magic and folklore. The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster is her first picture book.

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