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The Tale of Tam Linn

Lari Don
Philip Longson


Range: Traditional Scottish Tales Paperback 32 pages colour illustrations 294 x 219 mm ISBN: 9781782501343 Publication date: 18 September 2014
Genre: Traditional stories Theme: Scottish Folklore Ideal for ages: 4, 5, 6 and 7

"All the children of the Borders were told the story of a boy called Tam Linn, who had been stolen by the fairies. And they were told the story of a fierce fairy knight who now guarded the woods for the fairy queen.

But Janet didn't believe in fairy stories and Janet didn't like being told what to do."

This magical adaptation of the traditional Scottish fairy tale by award-winning author Lari Don and illustrator Philip Longson will capture any child's imagination.


'Steeped in legend, Lari Don's retelling of this classic fable feels tightly written and immensely appealing for a wide range of ages... As adventure stories go, this is truly stunning stuff. Lari's writing and the utterly sumptuous and gorgeous illustrations by Philip Longson bring this tale to dazzling life.'
-- ReadItDaddy

'The captive knight's rescuer comes off as particularly fierce and courageous in this retelling of the old Scottish border ballad. Scowling beneath a heavy mane of red hair, Janet shines with determination in Longson's shadowed, misty Celtic scenes... A traditional Scots tale served up both fresh and freshly illustrated.'
-- Kirkus US

'Beautiful books which are a great introduction to the folklore genre... Wonderful stories which will give children a real sense of Scottish culture.'
-- Creative Steps

Tale of Tam Linn


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 children’s books for all ages from picture books and…

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Philip Longson is an artist and illustrator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art and has exhibited his work in shows from London to Edinburgh. Inspired mainly by mythology and folk tales his work usually deals with fantastical or otherworldly stories….

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