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Unicorns! Unicorns! Hardcover – July 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Series: Picture Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860391591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860391590
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,292,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4. While Noah calls the roll of animals and storm clouds gather, the unicorns remain far from the ark. The graceful beasts are not dallying, however. Instead, they encourage the turtles to hurry, save a deer mired in mud, dry a butterfly's waterlogged wings. Finally, Noah must bolt the door, and the unicorns are left behind. Yet, the angels do not let their kindness go unrewarded; their horns and tails can be seen in the white foam of the sea on stormy days. Tales of left-behind animals are not unusual in the spectrum of Noah's Ark books. Christopher Cat and Countee Cullen's The Lost Zoo, reissued in 1991 (Silver Burdett), is probably the most extended treatment. However, McCaughrean's story is unusual in its depiction of the sorrow felt by those on board for the lost creatures. The author's poetic language gives a majestic and haunting quality to the story, which is well-matched by Windham's vividly expressive watercolor illustrations and the fine page layouts. Blocks of text appear between illustrations of various sizes. Some of the smaller insets have the quality of designs on illuminated manuscripts. The ark itself, with dragon head and curved tail, is a departure from conventional boxlike vessels. Windham's artwork here surpasses in complexity and intensity the images she created for her own version of Noah's Ark (Putnam, 1989; o.p.). Make room on the shelves for another Noah; this one is richly rendered for ear and eye.?Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

McCaughrean (Silver Treasure, p. 144, etc.) fashions a legend for the unicorns that gets hung up on idolatry: These creatures are too wonderful, too selfless for their own good. Noah is on the ark, unhappy with the look of the sky and feeling those first few drops. All the creatures are headed his way, but a few need help, and the unicorns are there, ferrying balky tortoises across the water, nudging forward a deer mired in muck, warming a soaked butterfly until it can fly, and more. These kind deeds delay the unicorns too long and they miss the boat. Even worse, Noah suggests that vanity, fecklessness, or slowness delayed the unicornsironically, the very behaviors that caused the others problems in the first place. The unicorns and their children become the ocean's waves. That last piece of treacle finishes off the story, which lacks drama, crisis, and scale. Windham's watercolors, with their eclectic imagery, are the book's one source of epic endeavor. (Picture book. 5-9) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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My daughter LOVED this book.
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A very sweet and touching story with a wonderfull lesson for children to learn.
IRENE KARAITOU
This book was absolutely magnificent.
A 12-year old reader

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen S. on January 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A magnificent, moving tale of the haunting legend, and ultimate fate, of the magical unicorns. The story is dramatically written and touching. My daughter and I read the story for the first time this Fall on a moonlit beach, which lent to the enchantment of the story. As the tale ensues, we found ourselves wanting to shout with Noah: "Unicorns, Unicorns!" The ending is achingly bittersweet, yet easier on the young ones than most tellings of this age-old tale, (especially those who still believe that they will someday see a Unicorn), and leaves you with a magical sense of wonder about what may truly lie within the frothy waves crashing onto the shore. Sophie Windham's watercolor illustrations are wonderful, and beautifully portrayed the magical world of the beloved Unicorn! Truly a tale to be shared young and old alike! Unforgettable! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A 12-year old reader on October 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was absolutely magnificent. Many people tell the story about Noah's Ark in a different way saying the unicorns would not listen when he called them and stayed playing. That story bothered me because unicorns would not do something silly like that. In this story, they started heading over but had to help the turtles who were too slow, the butterfly who stopped to admire her beauty in the water, and the monkeys who stayed playing and wouldn't listen when they were called. This was a wonderful book and I highly reccomend it to anyone who loves unicorns!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denise L. Weinsteiger on November 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a beatiful story related to Noah's Ark. The illustrations alone are worth the venture. Smaller children will need some of the text explained, however school-age children will delight in the mystical magic of unicorns and the reason behind their disappearance. Great idea for a gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Troise on September 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
Beautiful pictures, with a good storyline: unicorns do not exist today because back when Noah was taking all the animals aboard his arc the unicorns spent their time making sure other animals go onboard. Due to this, they missed getting onboard themselves. Sad, but I think its good that kids are exposed to the bittersweet things in life and not just get an impression that life is supposed to be one big happy fest all the time and nothing bad ever happens.
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This book has cured me from ever just picking a book off of the library shelf reading it to my kids. I saw the cover and thought - this is a beautiful book - and my kids love unicorns - what could possibly go wrong? Don't get me wrong, it is a beautiful book, and the story is sweet - but sad.. and I just wasn't going into it prepared to have to have a discussion about how God would let the Unicorns die when they had stopped to help everyone else...
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By Tracy Hall on October 11, 2013
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I have loved and collected unicorns for as long as I can remember(I do not care how kiddish it is, I love them), there is something almost magical that still seems to call to me about these beautiful creatures; of course, I've always enjoyed my Myths and Legends. I really enjoyed how this book mixed Noah's Ark with Unicorns-so cool!!
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It's 30 years now since I first got published, and 50 since I found out how writing let me step outside my little, everyday world and go wherever I chose - way back in Time, to far distant shores, towards my own, home-made happy ending. Not that all my books are an easy ride. I write adventure, first and foremost, because that's what I enjoyed reading as a child. But since I have published over 150 books now, there are all manner of books in among that number - gorgeously illustated picture books, easy readers, prize winners, teenage books and five adult novels.
The White Darkness won the Printz Award in the USA, which, for as Englishwoman, was the most amazing, startling thrill.
Then there was Peter Pan in Scarlet - official sequel to J M Barrie's Peter Pan, written on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hopsital for Sick Children. I won the chance to write that in a worldwide competition, and because Peter Pan is loved everywhere, my book sold worldwide too. I can't say I expected that when, as a child, I dreamed of being like my older brother and getting a book published one day.
These days I have a husband (who's good at continuity and spelling) and a daughter who is an excellent editor. But she's at the Royal Academy of Dramtic Art now, studying to become an actor. So, naturally, I have turned my hand to writing plays. (So many actors, so few plays!)
My Mum told me, "Never boil your cabbages twice, dear," which was her way of saying, "Don't repeat yourself." So I have tried never to write the same book twice. You'll find all my novels quite different from one another. I have also done lots of retellings of myth, legend, folk and fairy tales, and adapted indigestible classics such as El Cid, the Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, Moby Dick, Shakespeare and the Pilgrim's Progress.
Something for everyone, you see, my dear young, not-so-young, eccentric, middle-of-the-road, poetical, sad, cheerful, timid or reckless reader.
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