The Tale of Tam Linn
Lari Don; Illustrated by Philip Longson
Janet is forbidden from visiting the woods near her father's castle because legend says that long ago a local boy called Tam Linn was stolen there by the fairy queen and never returned. But Janet isn't afraid of fairy stories...
Deep in the woods, by a well, she meets a fairy knight -- the famous Tam Linn, forbidden to leave by the evil queen's spell.
Janet decides to save him, but when the queen and her army appear, fairy magic turns Tam Linn into a whole host of Scottish creatures. Can Janet hold on long enough to rescue him?
A sharp and intelligent retelling of the traditional Scottish fairy tale of Tam Linn, which originated in the Scottish Borders, adapted for a young audience. Award-winning author Lari Don's fresh take on this well-known story is perfectly complemented by artist Philip Longson's breathtaking illustrations.
The Tale of Tam Linn is one of the first titles released in the new Picture Kelpies: Traditional Scottish Tales range of picture books that bring classic Scottish folk and fairy tales to life for young children.
Recommended for 4 - 7 years.
Softcover, 32 pages. 294 x 219 mm. Colour illustrations.
'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.'
'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.'
'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