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The Legend of the First Unicorn

Lari Don
Natasa Ilincic

£7.99

Range: Traditional Scottish Tales Paperback 36 pages colour illustrations 294 x 219 mm ISBN: 9781782506270 Publication date: 20th February 2020
Genre: Traditional stories Theme: Scottish Folklore Ideal for ages: 4, 5, 6 and 7
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.

Reviews

'There's plenty of magic, but it's old-style Scottish magic, without any pink glitter, and all the more potent for it... A perfect first foray into folklore for a young reader, but also a reminder that picture books are not just for pre-schoolers -- this rich blend of words and Natasa's striking pictures should be enjoyed by much older children (and grown-ups) too.'
-- Roaring Reads

'It's nice to read a book which focuses on something other than a unicorn's cuteness. Nataša's illustrations beautifully capture the majesty and strength of the unicorn. I also really liked the pages with swirling magic and powdered starlight.
I enjoyed The Legend of the First Unicorn -- a tale steeped in the tradition of Scottish oral history and full of wonder and magic.'
-- Get Kids Into Books

'Based upon a retelling of Scottish folklore by Lari Don, The Legend of the First Unicorn is beautifully illustrated throughout with museum quality artwork by Natasa Ilincic and will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.'
-- Midwest Book Review

'If you like unicorns, you will love The Legend of the First Unicorn, and even if you are not necessarily a fan of unicorns, you should still read it because it is really well written.
It is a magical story of friendship, faith, and finding joy in life. The main characters are a boy and a girl who go on an adventure together, and one of them has planned it to cheer the other one up.
Unlike many other books about unicorns, this one is inspired by a Scottish legend, so it feels authentic and not cheesy like many other books on the subject. Readers who like fantasy, who are drawn to folk tales, or who have Scottish heritage will be especially excited about this book.
The book has beautiful illustrations that make you feel like you're right there in the magical forest looking for the unicorn. It is a good book for all ages because there is a good story but it's short enough to keep even young readers' attention.'
-- Alexandria, Age 8, for Kids Book Buzz

Praise for The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster:

‘With a refreshing new spin on the classic legend of the Loch Ness Monster, Lari Don offers children a tender and inspiring tale.’
-- Scottish Field

‘Dreamlike illustrations from Nataša Ilincic match the story perfectly, dark and fascinating against majestic landscapes.’
-- Acorn Books

'Lari Don tells a magical tale that has the cadence and all the earmarks of an ancient myth... The gorgeous illustrations by Nata?a Ilin?i? will carry young readers to the British Isles through enchanting drawings that are filled with charming details. This is a real winner. 5/5'
-- Manhattan Book Review

Legend of the First Unicorn

Author

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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Illustrator

Natasa Ilincic is an artist and illustrator originally from Croatia and now living and working in Edinburgh. She is particularly inspired by magic and folklore. She is the illustrator of The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster and The Legend of the First Unicorn.

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