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Janet Reachfar and the Kelpie [Paperback]

Jane Duncan , Mairi Hedderwick
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29 July 2002
Janet was willing to believe Tom and George when they told her about Black Rory, who lived in the old quarry, and the horrible Whigmaleerie, who lived in the bog. Those were ugly, eerie places that no sensible person would want to visit. But when they told her about Sandy the Kelpie who lived in the well, ready to drag people in with his slimy fingers, Janet began to doubt. The Reachfar well was a good place that sent sweet fresh water down to the house and the farm yard. 'There is not any Sandy in the well!' said Janet angrily to her dog, Fly. 'It is just a pack of lies. I am going up to that well to see for myself if there is any kelpie in it. What Janet saw in the well brought nightmares later, a confrontation under the stern eye of 'Herself', Janet's grandmother, and a neat moral in which George and Tom were as discomforted as Janet.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd; New edition edition (29 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841582107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841582108
  • Product Dimensions: 31.6 x 11.7 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 664,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JANE DUNCAN lived on the Black Isle and was at one time one of Scotland's most popular authors. The Janet Reachfar books take characters and settings first encountered in her novel, My Friends the Miss Boyds, and are still going strong eighteen books later. MAIRI HEDDERWICK is one of Scotland's best known and best loved illustrators and authors. From Katie Morag to her adult titles, Eye on the Hebrides, Highland Journey and Sea Change, she is perennially popular with all ages. She has recently moved to Jemimaville in Ross and Cromarty, close to a cottage once lived in by Jane Duncan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Children classic 27 Mar 2013
By anick
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Must be read to every child, well written and beautifully illustrated can start been your first library as you will want to read it over and over again as a child or an adult
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for adults 18 April 2011
I love My friends the Miss Boyds and I bought this and two other books in the series for myself; I only found they were for children when they arrived. Still, they're lovely stories for children and my loss is my goddaughter's gain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story for kids! 21 Nov 2012
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I love Jane Duncan's books. They are a series of wonderful stories of the life of young Janet Reachfar and her life on her family's croft in the Scotish Highlands. I highly recommend them as great reading for your children. Great service to Australia from Amazon!
5.0 out of 5 stars Capture the magic of Scotland 6 Feb 2012
By Jerri - Published on
Janet Reachfar and the Kelpie, like Jane Duncan's other picture books, do a great job of capturing the magic of life in rural Scotland years ago. The story and illustrations enhance each other. I bought my copy in Scotland, and have used it in programs for school groups when studying Scotland. And in my 50's, I enjoy reading and looking at the illustrations myself!

Those who have read Jane Duncan's "My Friends" series of novels for adults will recognize the characters of Janet Reachfar and George and Tom and more with delight.
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