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The Dragon and the Unicorn Hardcover – November 1, 1995
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The daughter of medieval King Valerio is visited by a unicorn and dragon who plead to have the forests of the realm preserved. A lovely book about forest conservation perfect for children ages 3-7. The author and illustrator, Lynne Cherry, is deservedly winner of numerous awards for beautiful books. Recommended.
From Publishers Weekly
Lavish illustrations are the high point of this wordy eco-fable. In an ancient forest, Valerio the dragon and Allegra the unicorn live "in harmony with the land and all the other creatures" until humans begin to chop down trees to build a castle for King Orlando. When the king's daughter, Arianna, wanders into their domain, the unicorn teaches her the "wisdom" contained in the forest. The child, reunited with her father, inspires him to "learn to love and respect" the forest, which is henceforth preserved. While the story is somewhat stiff, Cherry's (The Armadillo from Amarillo) luxuriant watercolors beckon the reader to share her romantic vision of wilderness. Small but sumptuous tableaux of mythical creatures in a medieval forest are set within splendid borders of lacy vines and Florentine-like patterns inspired by foliage. Entwined in these borders, cameos of characters, flora and fauna suggest the richness and complexity of the woodland, supplying a subtlety and lyricism missing from the text. Ages 6-10.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I really liked the story and I think it has a wonderful message that kids and parents caring for the Earth and trees would enjoy reading.
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A wonderful book for anyone who loves the earth.