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Find Your Local Unicorn

Posted on 27/03/2020 in Books Fun Stuff Lari Don

Once upon a time in the kingdom of Scotland, a young prince lost his smile.

No one could help Prince Donald find his smile until his friend Hana, the magician’s granddaughter, had an idea. Using her grandfather’s magic, she created a majestic creature with the body of a horse and the horn of a gazelle, and called him a ‘unicorn’.

When the prince became a wise king, with a clever magician by his side, he asked the castle stonemason to carve ninety-nine unicorn statues. King Donald placed the stone unicorns all over his kingdom, so that people would never forget how the prince found his smile.

And many of them are still there to this day, as you can see in the map below!

Do you have a local unicorn? If you do, we would love to hear about it! Send us your unicorn photos, drawings and stories by email, Twitter or Facebook (make sure to tag @DiscoverKelpies!), and we’ll add our favourites to the map!

The Legend of the First Unicorn

Once upon a time, in the kingdom of Scotland, a young prince lost his smile.

No one could help Prince Donald find his smile until his friend Hana, the magician’s granddaughter, had an idea. Using her grandfather’s magic, she created a majestic creature with the body of a horse and the horn of a gazelle, and called him ‘a unicorn’.

As Hana and Donald play and chase the unicorn through the forest, it seems that this magical animal might hold the key to the prince’s smile. But what is that fierce beast lurking in the trees?

The unicorn, magical and strong, is Scotland’s national animal and heraldic symbol. Inspired by local folklore, renowned author Lari Don weaves an enchanting origin tale of the first unicorn, which is brought to life by Natasa Ilincic’s rich illustrations.

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