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If I Found a Wistful Unicorn: A Gift of Love Hardcover – September 1, 2002

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Peachtree's first release, If I Found a Wistful Unicorn: A Gift of Love (1978) by Ann Ashford, illus. by Bill Drath, extends a plethora of thoughtful propositions ("If I found a wistful unicorn and/ brought him to you, all forlorn.../ Would you pet him?") coupled with breezy watercolors. This hand-size volume is just right for presenting to someone special. All ages.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Ashford was a United Methodist church worker for migrants, a welfare caseworker, a teacher, an actress, and the vice president of a family-owned fund-raising consulting firm.

Drath retired from the U.S. Army in 1966 as a Lt. Col. He was an illustrator.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers; Anniversary ed. edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561452718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561452712
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
My father gave me this book in 1986 for Valentine's Day because he "could not express any better how he felt." I still get the same warm feeling when I read it. I feel connected to the story because it highlights the quirky mysteries of the world and the wonder of honest and true human relationships! Every person should be so lucky to read it!
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By A Customer on March 8, 1999
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My friend gave this to me as a Christmas present. It was one of the most touching gifts I've ever recieved. It's a book with some cute humor and a lot of heart. Great for children. (I would've enjoyed looking for the unicorn on every page when I was really little) And it is wonderful for any age, because it makes you feel loved. and everyone needs to feel loved.
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This is one of my favorite books! I gave my niece and nephews a copy when they were kids and wrote "I will" in the back. I just bought my son 2 copies with the same "I will" in the back. I cried the 1st couple times I read it to him:)

My favorite line is: "If I found a wistful unicorn, and brought him to you, all forlorn, would you pet him?" and "If I picked a little flower up and put it in a paper cup, would you smell it?" My eyes water just thinking about how this book expressed the bond I have with my niece and nephews and now my own son.

It's a book to read and to put up so it can be passed down, or buy 2 copies like I did:)
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By A Customer on February 6, 1999
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If you love someone, big or small, this is the perfect gift for them. This is the sweetest token of love you could give someone. I have given a copy to all of my friends and family. My mom was sick and in a coma several years ago and I read this to her everyday...she is alive and well today. If you are looking for that special something for someone you love this is exactly what you are looking for. It radiates love and will bring tears to your eyes.
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Long out of print, If I Found A Wistful Unicorn had the honor of being the first title ever published by the Atlanta based Peachtree Publishers back in 1978. Now a 25th Anniversary edition has once again made this wonderful and enthusiastically recommended little volume available to a new and appreciative generation of young readers (and adults too, for that matter!). Ann Ashford's simple but elegant poem that explores the heart and core of what constitutes love is superbly enhanced by the endearing artwork of Bill Drath. If you only have time to sit down with a child to read one picturebook story poem -- make it Ann Ashford and Bill Drath's If I Found A Wistful Unicorn!
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My son, when he was 16, bought this for me as a special gift because he was gone for the summer. When I wanted a special gift for him, I bought this for him, for Christmas,34 years later! An extraordinary book of words, art, and feelings.
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By VG on January 25, 2014
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I love the story and I used to read it decades ago to my girls when they were little. The problem with this book is that it's too small. The drawings are beautiful and they have special surprises, like a hidden unicorn in each picture--it's hard to appreciate the visuals when the book is so small. But it's a lovely story.
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By A Customer on January 7, 2003
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My sons, all three of them, have listened to me read this book over and over again. I love the way they answer all the questions as we read the book! We look for the unicorn in each picture as well as the illustrations for each line in the poem . . . it is wonderful and a great memory to pass on as each in turn enjoys the time spent reading this book!
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