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The Brave Unicorn - Failure Is Not the End, But the Beginning by [Wong, Rayfil King ]
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  • File Size: 9770 KB
  • Publisher: Campusfork, Inc. (December 4, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AIDZOBY
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Sometimes, in an effort to tell our kids how great they are, we forget to tell them that life is hard and requires perseverance. Failing to let them experience losing, failure to let them experience overcoming defeat can result in a reluctance to take on the big tasks -- or it can even result in tragedy. This story gives parents a way to have that conversation with their young children.

Following a catastrophe at home, the brave young unicorn must travel to an unfamiliar place, meet unfamiliar people and try new things. Over and over the story reinforces the idea that success is usually preceded by lots of failure -- whether the task is juggling or walking a tightrope.

Look past the sometimes ungrammatical words to the beautiful illustrations and story.
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Out of the blue, I got an email from the author, whom I don't know and have never met, asking if I'd review his book on Amazon. In his email, the author briefly told me about the book's message and his reason for writing it---after loosing a cousin to suicide, he felt compelled to share the story of hope with children.

The Brave Unicorn is a strange little ebook. The book's theme centers around fear, courage, and accountability. The main character is a unicorn who must leave home to help earn money to save his family's farm. Before leaving, his father tells him a mantra, "If not me, who? If not now, when?" which the unicorn repeats again later the book.

The story itself is a bit all over the place with multiple characters and perhaps a bit too much text that could use more polish. There are some typos and several references to prayer, and the target age group seems to shift a bit from page to page, but the candy-filled illustrations are colorful and inventive, and the author definitely has his heart in the right place.

While this book may be too complicated for small children under age 5 to follow, most 6-10 year olds should be able to understand and appreciate the gentle message of perseverance in this book, or at the very least, be pleasantly entertained. To that end, I asked a 9yr old I know to write a review too. Here it is:

"The story is about a unicorn named Trot who had to go get a job to save his farm and he met a lot of other animals at a circus; an elephant named Trunky, a panda named Pandy, a rabbit named Faith, and a snake named Lou. Trunky taught Trot how to pray and practice. Lou turned out to be evil and he fought Trot in a battle with laser beams which Trot won in the first five seconds. Everyone was happy in the end.
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I was first attracted by the adorable drawing of those characters. But then I was impressed by the core value of the story- failure is just the original source of having strength and believe to complete challenges. So, smile to this blessing!
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"If Not Me, Who? If Not Now, When?"

Such an inspirational story fit for all ages young and old. Sometimes life's toughest lessons are the most simple ones. This is a great tale of persistence after trials and failures. Small reminders that life brings obstacles; but there's usually more to the story.

Definitely recommend it!
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You know when you come across a good quote, it sticks in your mind? Over time, when something happens, that quote pops right back in your head? You then meditate on it a little more and see more of the wisdom behind the quote.

The Brave Unicorn is full of these timely quotes like "If not me, who? If not now, when?" They're packaged up with references to pop culture (admittedly, I didn't get them all, but I'm not a kid, the target audience), so it will stick.

For the times a kid does not have someone to talk to, they can talk to themselves with a little help from Trot. Hopefully this series will become popular enough that kids will be helping each other out from cool references to The Brave Unicorn.

Disclaimer: I do know the Author personally. But if you are a parent, I recommend you check it out. It's a quick read.
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I really enjoyed reading this children's story. It was a classic story of not giving up, but relying on faith and prayer to overcome your obstacles. The Brave Unicorn is a book every parent should read to their kids as it reads with clever rhymes, and with encouraging messages. The book will capture every kids attention with its terrific graphics. I read the Brave Unicorn to my sixteen month year old boy, and watched as he stared and pointed at each graphic character. I only hope and pray that he too will rely on God's grace and power, to overcome his failures and never give up like the Brave Unicorn.
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The Brave Unicorn named Trot, goes on a journey to Rachelville to find a job. We follow Trot's journey to see him overcome his lack of confidence and fear. Trot meets other characters in his journey who motivate and encourages him. This story is filled with good quotes and cute illustrations which makes it fun to read. Although this book targeted for Children, I think Adults would also enjoy the story, reminding us that failure is ok, you need to give it your best.
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Trot, the Brave Unicorn, challenges a fear most of us only happen to discover in our later teens... the world will throw you curve balls. And you have have to be ready to face them, or lest you be struck out. It is almost funny that this book teaches a lesson that many of us learn only later in our academic pursuits -- we are here to be evaluated, we are here to be criticized, and we are here to learn and live to our fullest potential. The book, inspired by the suicide of the author's cousin, reminds us all that life is short and time is the one thing we will never be able to grab back. So we must savor each moment we are given the opportunity to make our world more compassionate and filled with resilient laughter. We are here for such a brief moment, we must dive in. I cannot think of a better encouragement to share with a loved child. Waste no time. Live fully. Highly recommended.

As a sidenote: the author's use of pop culture reference within the story is refreshing. Wong uses images and stories we consume everyday to build the world within the Brave Unicorn universe, using current cultural reference juxtaposed with mythical fantasy, parents and their children alike are both in for a treat!
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