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The Coming of the Unicorn: Folk Tales for Children - Alder & Alouette

The Coming of the Unicorn: Scottish Folk Tales for Children | Ages 8 to 12 years

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‘Stories are something you carry with you, something to last your entire life, to be passed on to your children, and their children for evermore.'
Duncan Williamson

Children worldwide can now share in this wonderful collection of children's folk and fairy tales. Duncan Williamson came from a family of Traveling People, who told stories around the campfire for entertainment and for teaching. As a child, Duncan learnt the ways of the world through stories: 'My father's knowledge told us how to live in this world as natural human beings -- not to be greedy, not to be foolish, not to be daft or selfish -- by stories.'

In this collection, he passes on some of these wonderful children's folk and fairy tales that are perfect for bedtime stories with younger children, read-aloud stories with emerging readers or reading independently for older children.

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 color, humor and life.

This is a nice supplementary book to read aloud or to have in Waldorf Grade 4 school or homeschool as out of school or extra reading while studying the Norse, Finnish and Celtic Myths.  Also makes great family time bedtime stories. 


  • The Coming of the Unicorn
  • Written by Duncan Williamson and Edited by Linda Williamson.
  • Published by Kelpies, Scotland; May 15, 2012.
  • Ages 8 to 12 years.; (Waldorf Class 4)
  • 0.6" H x 8.4" L x 5.4" W (0.45 lbs) 140 pages
  • Softcover