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The Eyes of the Unicorn Hardcover – June 1, 2007


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  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; 1st edition (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082341728X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823417285
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,500,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 3–5—"Few men will dare to look into a unicorn's eyes." Sung by a visiting minstrel, these words only fire the hunting enthusiasm of the Duke's nobles in this opulent romance. In keeping with old stories of the fabled beast, the unicorn befriends Tanisa, a kind serving girl, and lays his head in her lap as she dozes in a meadow. She's then wounded in trying to shield him from the flying arrow shot by the Duke's son, her former childhood playmate. Now nearly grown, Chris is bent on killing the creature both for the wealth its carcass will bring and to gain his father's approval. Stunned that he has wounded Tanisa, he looks into the unicorn's eyes. Of course, his hardened heart is softened and her wound is healed by the unicorn's touch. Promising to rule with wisdom when he comes into adulthood, Chris sends the girl and the unicorn off into hiding to await a safer time. Lavish scenes rendered in Photoshop blend photographs of the humans and their horses and dogs with painted landscapes and unicorns. Darkened views shot with golden lighting, lengthened images, and occasional blurred focus lend a dramatic, surreal tone to the rather hackneyed scenario. The vigorous, cinematic views and the hint of future love fit a traditional fairy-tale niche.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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About the Author

Teresa Bateman is a children's author and school librarian. "The ting I've found about shoes," she says, "is that they usually have memories attached to them." She lives in Tacoma, Washington.

Greg Spalenka is a fine artist and illustrator, who has created dozens of covers for books. He has alo worked as an animator on the feature film "The Ant Bully." His home is in Woodland Hills, California.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Young readers who like some magic in their stories will find much to enjoy in The Eyes of the Unicorn. At heart this is a story about the triumph of goodness with the prerequisite fairy tale happy ending.

Many years ago a powerful duke ruled. He was a cruel, greedy man who heard that a unicorn was nearby. A dirty stream had been made clean, a wounded man had been healed, so what other explanation could there be?

However, rather than being grateful for the presence of the magical animal the duke and his hunters set out to kill him, eager for the unicorn's powerful horn and valuable hide.

A young servant girl, Tunisia, was saddened to see her childhood friend, the duke's son, join in the hunt. She remembered him as a kind, thoughtful person, but now he was becoming like his father. To make her even more downhearted she is ordered to accompany the hunters with their lunch.

What will happen when Tunisia is the one who finds the unicorn?

Accompanying Ms. Bateman's text are beautiful illustrations by Greg Spalenka. An artist and concept designer he makes his picture book debut with this title, and it is a remarkable one.

- Gail Cooke
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By J on January 9, 2014
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All ages of unicorn and mythis tale lovers will enjoy this story. There are many books that do not meet the sense of magic and wonder and heart that this book does, and there are many that miss-the-mark completely on the whole mythos of unicorn-dom. This one doesn’t. It's a jewel! and has the rich illustrations to match the beautiful, edifying story.
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By Charlotte H. Berney on October 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book with wonderful illustrations and an uplifting message. Great for all ages and anyone who loves unicorns.
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