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Not Quite Narwhal Hardcover – February 14, 2017
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"Swap the tired Ugly Duckling for this delightfully absurd tale of knowing who you are and where you came from." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books January 2017)
"Sima’s bubbly, adorable artwork is nearly irresistible...This endearing tale will warm many a heart." (Booklist January 2017)
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I received my copy tonight and while I had intended to keep it, I've decided to bring it directly to my nieces' house tomorrow. I am positive the 3-year-old will love it. I am positive the 6-year-old will love it. I am positive the 9-year-old will love it. (Not to be gender-normative. If I had a young nephew in that house, I am positive he would love it, too!) So here I am back on Amazon to order a new copy for myself.
Brava to Jessie Sima on this wonderful book that feels as if it was written for us land narwhals who always thought we were sea unicorns. 5 VERY SPARKLY STARS!
UPDATE 2/27/17: Nieces' review: "This book is AMAZING!" (I will note that the 3-year-old was very concerned about who Kelp's mommy was. So we decided it was the guitar-playing unicorn.) :)
Kelp is a darling unicorn with his turquoise hair, bubblegum pink nose, and spotted rump. Whether he's wearing floaties in the sea, leaping like a frog on land, or splashing around beneath a rainbow, Kelp is the cutest not-quite-narwhal. His journey is visually gratifying as he ventures from the cozy, lavender confines of the shell he lives in beneath the sea to a sun-dappled forest. He treks through a moonlit night with twinkling stars, to a rainbow laden field where butterflies flit and flowers sprout in red and pink, yellow and purple.
After his sojourn on land, Kelp is confronted with a difficult question:
"Did he want to be a land narwhal with the unicorns . . .
Or a sea unicorn with the narwhals?
Kelp couldn't decide."
Touching on identity and fitting in vs. standing out, Kelp is the perfect role model for learning to love oneself and appreciating that our individual traits make each of us unique and special.
With a heartfelt message, ravishing illustrations, and a sprinkle of humor, Not Quite Narwhal is a must have.