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The Secret of the Kelpie by Lari Don | Children’s Book - Alder & Alouette

The Secret of the Kelpie | World Folklore for Kids | Ages 4 to 7 years

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The kelpie, once a lesser-known magical creature of Scottish mythology, is making a come back world-wide as children discover mythical, magical beings in stories from all over the world.

In The Secret of the Kelpie, we learn that every loch in Scotland, however beautiful, has its cold, dark depths. And every loch in Scotland has its kelpie, too. But it's easy to forget those dangers on a warm, sunny afternoon.

Flora is playing with her brothers and sisters by the loch when she notices a stunning white horse. While her siblings clamor for a chance to ride the beautiful animal, Flora is worried. Something doesn't feel right. Where has this strange horse come from? Why are its hoof prints wet?

Too late Flora realizes this is no horse! It's a kelpie: a shape-shifting water horse from Scottish folklore known to steal children. Can Flora reveal the secret of the kelpie in time to save her family?

The classic tale of the kelpie is wonderfully retold for 4 to 7 year old children to introduce them to a part of world mythology. In this gripping adaptation by renowned Scottish children's author and storyteller Lari Don, with breathtaking illustrations by artist Philip Longson, children worldwide can know the magic of the kelpie

NOTEThe Secret of the Kelpie book has suspenseful parts that might be a tad scary for super little ones (3,4,5). If you aren’t sure, check out the video of the author, Lari Don, reading the book preview aloud on YouTube. 



  • The Secret of the Kelpie
    Written by Lari Don and illustrated by Philip Longson. 
  • Published by Kelpies Publishing, Scotland; July 26, 2022. 
  • Ages 4 to 7 years
  • 0.4" H x 11.7" L x 8.8" W (0.95 lbs) 32 pages
  • Softcover