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PreSchool-Grade 1 A sunny, if formulaic, tale of the merits of standing apart from the crowd. As new foals are born in the meadow, one little orphan colt stands out: white coat, golden mane, and a whinny so loud and so clear that everyone took to calling him Trumpet. All the other horses love Trumpet until he starts to grow a horn. Then he is ostracized. Readers will hardly be surprised when a disastrous situation arises and the unicorn is invaluable fire sweeps through the barn, and he uses his horn to unlatch the bolt and save his friends. If the story is nothing new, Kressley's telling is charming enough, though the occasional overuse of cutesy slang is jarring. The real treat of the book is the liveliness of Lee's whimsical black-line illustrations on cream-colored stock, with bits of white to highlight Trumpet on every spread. Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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About the Author

Carson Kressley galloped onto the scene as a stylist for Polo Ralph Lauren in New York and then became the self-proclaimed "miracle worker" of fashion in Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which airs on Bravo. A magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Gettysburg College, he received degrees in finance and fine art. Carson is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Off the Cuff. He is a nationally ranked competitive equestrian who lives in New York City. This is his first book for children.

Jared Lee has been delighting young and old with his exuberant illustrations for more than thirty years. From magazines and national ad campaigns, to greeting cards and children's books, Jared's work has been enjoyed by millions. Jared is the illustrator of Mike Thaler's popular Teacher from the Black Lagoon series as well as numerous other picture books and beginning readers. In addition to his extensive publishing career, he runs a
company that sells T-shirts, mugs, and stationery dedicated to one of his loves -- horses. Jared lives in southwest Ohio with his wife, P. J., and a huge menagerie that includes horses, dogs, cats, ducks, and bluegills.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416900705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416900702
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #918,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. Warren on December 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Carson's book is outstanding, especially for any child growing up feeling differently whether from asthma, diabetes, birthmarks, wheelchair bound, maybe a lisp or even that super smart kid or shy kid who is often viewed as strange or weird. Trumpet is a true ambassador for the young person who feels they just don't fit, or think, or feel, the way the other kids appear. Trumpet proves that different can be mighty super! Yay for the vision of Carson Kressley in addressing this valid and important matter.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Oh Henri! on December 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Plain and simple this book delivers a great message for parents and kids: being different can indeed be super!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tara Fraser on December 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My daughter and I went and saw Carson read this book at a local bookstore. He was so charming and the book was so cute with such a great message - I bought several copies for gifts. I highly recommend it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Solarina on January 3, 2006
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We got this as a present for our son's 3rd birthday and he absolutely loves it. He asks us to read it MANY times a day, which we thoroughly enjoy doing. The size/format is great for little ones, the story is cleverly written, and the illustrations are really enjoyable. We love it because of it's positive message. Thanks Carson!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Hilary L. Davenport on March 16, 2006
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My daughter is only 7 months old so I haven't had the chance to read too many different books to her yet but this book is by far the best childrens book I have ever read. I actually enjoyed the message of the book so much that I've been suggesting it to other parents. THIS BOOK IS DIFFERENT, AND THAT'S WHY IT'S SUPER!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Sahlsberg on April 29, 2013
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I never thought that a childrens book could have that much of an impact on my life as an adult.

2006, I was an 18 year old boy with learning difficulties and was ashamed of it to the point of trying to hide it and denying that I had them.

Then my mum gave 'You're different and that's super' for Christmas. At the time I had no idea why she gave her grown son a childrens book, so I read it and by the time I finished it I was flooding with tears..........because it really hit home with my everyday life and since then I grew to be not ashamed of my condition, here I am now writing about it for the world to see.

In the years since then I have been starting to become a bit of a writer myself and I now actually see my condition as a gift as it has positively influenced my writing.

Anyway, the point is that this book was a major milestone for me and I HIGHLY recommend to any person, or anybody who knows a person who feels isolated from the world they live in because of who and what they are, be it their disability, sexuality, ethnicity or religion. Because I hope it could have the same positive effect it had on me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leia1952 on October 15, 2010
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I was reading this book to my 3 grandchildren, ages 6, 13 and 15. The older child is autistic. I wanted something that would make him feel special even tho he is different. I also wanted the other children to realize how special and different from each other they are. I started asking questions afterwards and they gave me great answers. They got it. They heard what I was saying. I thought the book was a great read. I also happen to really like Carson Kressley.
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By Gloria on October 12, 2012
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If you've heard Carson Kressley's sense of humor, you'll notice that the book has his comedic style. It's almost like you can hear him telling the story. I like how he sets up the story to have highs and lows to hold the kids' attention. First, trumpet looks like the other horses and he fits in well, then his horn starts to emerge, and his "peers" begin to ostracize him. The twist is when a crisis occurs (the horses are locked in a burning barn) and Trumpet's horn saves the day! All the horses rally around him and appreciate his difference now. I think all children who ever felt different or left out can relate to this story, feel hope for themselves, and see their differences as a strength. Kids love the story, cute names, and happy ending.
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