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Fergus Finds a Friend

Kenneth Steven


Range: Picture Kelpies Paperback 32 pages colour illustrations 254 x 210 mm ISBN: 9780863157783 Publication date: 30 September 2010
Genre: Animals Ideal for ages: 3, 4, 5 and 6

It’s time for Fergus the young otter to leave home. As he sets out along the riverbank, he meets many new creatures, from playful butterflies to barking dogs. Will he find a safe place to make a home and friends of his own kind?

A charming story from Perthshire-based children’s writer Kenneth Steven, inspired by
the Scottish countryside.


'From Kenneth Steven and Louise Crowe comes the charming Fergus Finds a Friend. Fergus is a young otter leaving home to begin his own adventure. As he follows the river, he meets many other creatures. Most are friendly but a few are scary and Fergus begins to feel alone and afraid. However, all ends happily as Fergus finds a new home and a new friend. Steven's warm story is sympathetically illustrated by Crowe as she brings the countryside to life.'
-- The Scotsman

'"Fergus Finds a Friend" is 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, "Fergus Finds a Friend" is an adventure tale with a happy ending that will appeal to children age 3 and up. "Fergus Finds a Friend" is part of a series of Scottish picture books for young children called Picture Kelpies.'
-- Midwest Book Review

'Charming illustrations grace this story of Fergus, the otter who leaves home to make a new life. He meets lots of creatures, and finds a home and a friend. The Scottish setting is neat.'
-- The Yellow Brick Road

'Beautifully illustrated with a fine eye for natural detail, the slim picture story book tells the story of Fergus who, leaving his otter home, has a range of interesting encounters as he explores his riverbank.

'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

Fergus Finds a Friend


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…

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