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If I Found a Wistful Unicorn: A Gift of Love Hardcover – September 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Pub Ltd (J); Anv edition (September 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561452718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561452712
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Peachtree's first release, If I Found a Wistful Unicorn: A Gift of Love (1978) by Ann Ashford, illus. by Bill Drath, extends a plethora of thoughtful propositions ("If I found a wistful unicorn and/ brought him to you, all forlorn.../ Would you pet him?") coupled with breezy watercolors. This hand-size volume is just right for presenting to someone special. All ages.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

ANN ASHFORD was born in 1939 in Hannibal, Missouri, and raised in Michigan. She graduated from Agnes Scott College in 1961 and was a United Methodist Church worker for migrants, a welfare case worker, a teacher, an actress, and vice-president of a fund-raising consulting firm. Ann Ashford died in 1988.

BILL DRATH was born in 1915 in Wisconsin. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he served in the army during World War II (earning a Bronze Star) and in the Korean War, retiring in 1966 as a lieutenant colonel. He illustrated several books, including If I Found a Wistful Unicorn, When Someone Dies, and Southern Is. He died in 1991.

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I had given up hope of owning a copy as the book is out-of-print.
R. Hemmer
This book is written for adults to see that if we interact with children positively, they learn that we care for them!
jkwhite@mindspring.com
The illustrations are beautiful, and the message is from the heart.
Mary Beth

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My father gave me this book in 1986 for Valentine's Day because he "could not express any better how he felt." I still get the same warm feeling when I read it. I feel connected to the story because it highlights the quirky mysteries of the world and the wonder of honest and true human relationships! Every person should be so lucky to read it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My friend gave this to me as a Christmas present. It was one of the most touching gifts I've ever recieved. It's a book with some cute humor and a lot of heart. Great for children. (I would've enjoyed looking for the unicorn on every page when I was really little) And it is wonderful for any age, because it makes you feel loved. and everyone needs to feel loved.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you love someone, big or small, this is the perfect gift for them. This is the sweetest token of love you could give someone. I have given a copy to all of my friends and family. My mom was sick and in a coma several years ago and I read this to her everyday...she is alive and well today. If you are looking for that special something for someone you love this is exactly what you are looking for. It radiates love and will bring tears to your eyes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Long out of print, If I Found A Wistful Unicorn had the honor of being the first title ever published by the Atlanta based Peachtree Publishers back in 1978. Now a 25th Anniversary edition has once again made this wonderful and enthusiastically recommended little volume available to a new and appreciative generation of young readers (and adults too, for that matter!). Ann Ashford's simple but elegant poem that explores the heart and core of what constitutes love is superbly enhanced by the endearing artwork of Bill Drath. If you only have time to sit down with a child to read one picturebook story poem -- make it Ann Ashford and Bill Drath's If I Found A Wistful Unicorn!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "austinl46" on January 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My sons, all three of them, have listened to me read this book over and over again. I love the way they answer all the questions as we read the book! We look for the unicorn in each picture as well as the illustrations for each line in the poem . . . it is wonderful and a great memory to pass on as each in turn enjoys the time spent reading this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jkwhite@mindspring.com on February 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is written for adults to see that if we interact with children positively, they learn that we care for them! The illustrations are wonderful . There is a hidden unicorn on each page that children can be looking for as you read to them. This book can be given as a gift to a parent, spouse, or friend. Read it and you'll find out why!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on October 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ann Ashford's IF I FOUND A WISTFUL UNICORN, is no fantasy book, or even a children's book to take lightly. It is a book that possesses a strong gift of love which should be given to someone special when they are in a time of need, or are just looking for a quick pick-me-up when they're feeling down. The lovely, almost hypnotizing prose is enchanting, while the illustrations, done by Bill Drath, are utterly gorgeous. Overall, this is a wonderful book that should be given to someone whom you truly love, and cherish.

Erika Sorocco

Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Muirhead on August 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book that offers the meaning of unconditional love. It touches the heart and expresses how true love will go to any depths. Although it was penned as a childrens book I gave this book to my sweetheart and it was a very tender gift. It is an excellent choice for both children and adults.
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