Uan the Little Lamb

Sandra Klaassen

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Quick Look

  • Sandra Klaassen depicts the Outer Hebrides in drawings brimming with life and her obvious love of the landscape and people.
  • This is a charming story about growing up told through the eyes of two young children.

Two Scottish children find a little lamb abandoned by her mother and decide to take care of it. Set in the Outer Hebrides.

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


On a remote Scottish island, two children find an abandoned lamb and take her home. They call her 'Uan', which means 'lamb' in Gaelic.

Slowly the lamb grows up and they love playing with her and taking her everywhere. What will happen when she becomes a sheep?

Sandra Klaassen depicts the Outer Hebrides in drawings brimming with life and her love of the landscape and people. This is a charming story told through the eyes of two young children.


'A tremendously sweet story... The pictures are so well structured. It has a lovely ending too. I can see we are going to read this one a few more time today already! 5/5'
-- member review

'A wonderful bedtime story suitable for ages three upwards.'
--The Green Parent

'...the book opens in a lovely descriptive manner... the appeal of this straightforward book is in the disarming charm of the illustrations... it's a lovely book.'
--Chris Brown, School Librarian

'...Little ones will love finding out what happens next in this gorgeous picture book that makes a perfect stocking filler.'
--Wave magazine

'This is a delight of a book to share with the very young -- a simple story, charmingly told... [Five Stars]'
--Books For Keeps

'The simple story of Uan...will appeal to the very young, both boys and girls...The text and pictures...share the story equally...neither dominating the other.'
--Anne Gannon, Inis, the Children's Books Ireland magazine

'This is a book that asks to be read and re-read. It's the perfect present; the special treat.'
--Leopard Magazine

'Klaassen's simple, atmospheric pictures spill between pages and around the text bringing little Uan's character and the joy of her carers to life … A delightful spring story.'
--Juno magazine


Sandra Klaassen was born in 1959 in the Netherlands but has lived on the Isle of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides since 2003, from where she drew her inspiration for Uan the Little Lamb. She has illustrated over twenty children's books, including Tom's Elephant, Around the Year, Fireflies, Magic fishes and Treasurediggers, and Mermaids, Pirates and Frothy Waves.


Uan the Little Lamb 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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