The Coming of the Unicorn
Scottish Folk Tales for Children
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Duncan Williamson came from a family of Travelling People, who told stories around the campfire for entertainment and for teaching. In this collection, he passes on some of their wonderful children’s folk and fairy tales.
This collection includes tales about cunning foxes and storytelling cats, hunchbacked ogres and beautiful unicorns, helpful broonies and mysterious fairies, rich kings and fearsome warriors, as well as those about ordinary folk trying to make their way in the world. The stories have been written down as faithfully as possible to Duncan’s unique storytelling voice, full of colour, humour and life.
'A fine collection to share, whether read aloud or told.'
-- Kirkus Reviews
'Mesmerising Scottish storyteller... Duncan Williamson was one of the most celebrated storytellers in Scotland ... one of the world's best-known storytellers'
-- The Times
'The story-teller and singer Duncan Williamson was one of the greatest voices of Scots traveller culture'
-- The Independent
'Scotland's greatest contemporary storyteller'
-- The Guardian
'Scotland's greatest traditional storyteller'
-- The Scotsman
'A wonderful collection of Scottish folk and fairy tales for children. The stories are beautifully told and perfectly written to be read aloud to the small child or children in your life.'
'This engaging collection of Scottish folktales opens with a splendid bit of scene-setting in the introduction.'
-- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
'Thae stories hae been fashiont frae the claith buttons o fowk memory. They are as auld as the hills an, lik Jack, wha fun the Keeng's keys tae the "Garden of Youth", they are eildless.'