Fergus Finds a Friend

By Kenneth Steven, Louise Crowe (Illus)


Fergus the otter travels along the riverbank to find a new home, meeting all sorts of new creatures along the way.

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'From Kenneth Steven and Louise Crowe comes the charming Fergus Finds a Friend. Fergus is a young otter leaving home to begin his own adventure. As he follows the river, he meets many other creatures. Most are friendly but a few are scary and Fergus begins to feel alone and afraid. However, all ends happily as Fergus finds a new home and a new friend. Steven's warm story is sympathetically illustrated by Crowe as she brings the countryside to life.' -- The Scotsman '"Fergus Finds a Friend" is a delightful picture book nature story about a Scottish otter named Fergus who searches for a friend and a new home. Sensitively illustrated with detailed paintings of Scottish wild country and animals that inhabit it, "Fergus Finds a Friend" is an adventure tale with a happy ending that will appeal to children age 3 and up. "Fergus Finds a Friend" is part of a series of Scottish picture books for young children called Picture Kelpies.' -- Midwest Book Review 'Charming illustrations grace this story of Fergus, the otter who leaves home to make a new life. He meets lots of creatures, and finds a home and a friend. The Scottish setting is neat.' -- The Yellow Brick Road 'Beautifully illustrated with a fine eye for natural detail, the slim picture story book tells the story of Fergus who, leaving his otter home, has a range of interesting encounters as he explores his riverbank. 'Lovely to look at, and written with a elegant and eloquent simplicity, this book has a charm that is likely to interest and appeal to children in the 6 to 8+ age-range. Their eyes will be brightly opened.' -- Trevor Dickinson, School Librarian

Author Biography

Kenneth Steven is a poet and children's author based in Perthshire, Scotland. Much of his inspiration comes from nature; he loves walking and exploring in the countryside. Twenty of his books have been published over the years and his children's books have been translated into over a dozen languages. He visits many schools to give readings and to run writing workshops.

Louise Crowe studied children's book illustration at Chelsea college of art and design. She has worked in many areas, including children's educational films and book publishing. Her love of nature has lead to numerous projects for a large London council helping to engage children with nature.