To counter the rain of early spring, this week we’re sharing our favourite books that feature unicorns and rainbows. Aren’t they just the perfect pairing?
Overflowing with cuteness, flooded with charm, and sprinkled with rainbows and pearls, Not Quite Narwhal, by Jessie Sima, is the sweetest story about an undersea unicorn born to a family of narwhals.
Kelp realises he’s different, but this doesn’t worry him or his friends. One day while swimming, Kelp is swept away, close to land. There he sees a sparkling creature that looks so familiar and sets out to discover the new land ahead of him. A land of “LAND NARWHALS!” Of course, they’re unicorns—unicorns just like Kelp. They teach him their unicorn ways and talents. They spend a lovely day together, but Kelp misses home. His narwhal family greets him with happy faces and Kelp shares stories of his adventure. The little guy is torn between two worlds. Does he stay under the sea or return to land? Or just maybe—can he have both?
Not Quite Narwhal, by Jessie Sima.
From start to finish this book is adorable, words and pictures. Sima’s illustrations shimmer with magic and enhance the story, sharing more than what’s said. Kelp is a pearl born in a clam shell, precious and perfect. Though he isn’t a biological narwhal child, he’s protected, cared for and loved. The visual humour is gentle and delightful. Various themes flow effortlessly throughout—difference, identity, tolerance, unconditional love, kindness, change, and unity despite the separation of worlds, the distance between and contrasting lifestyles.
Uni the Unicorn, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager.
When I think of unicorns and rainbows, I think of Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True is the highly anticipated sequel to Uni the Unicorn, a story about believing.
Uni is a unicorn with a magnificent mane, golden hooves and sparkling purple eyes, who believes that the little girls from stories read are in fact real. Uni dreams of making friends with a REAL girl, so they can run fast through the meadow, spin and twirl in the sunlight, and of course of course of course slide down rainbows. Although the other unicorns don’t believe little girls are real, Uni does, and not so far away, a real little girl believes in Uni. Their friendship is meant to be—but will they ever meet?
Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager.
Yes, of course of course of course dreams do come true.
There are three ways unicorns get their magic—from the golden sun, magnificent rainbows, and the sparkle of believing. Sadly, it’s raining in the land of unicorns, which means no golden sun, no magnificent rainbows, and no sparkle. Uni and the little girl determine that the only way to bring sun, rainbows and sparkle back to the land of unicorns is if they believe in each other. We already know that they do. Their belief is so strong that they’re magically brought together. Of course of course of course this story has a happy ending.
Friendship works its magic in both of these treasured reads. The meeting of Uni and the little girl is filled with more sparkle and shimmer than I could have imagined. Two very sweet tales for lovers of unicorns, rainbows and vibrant colours, daydreamer and believers in magic.
If my kids saw an ad that advertised a unicorn for 25 cents, I know they’d send away for one also. How cute is this story? Lucy is precious. I just adore the daydreams she has when anticipating the arrival of her unicorn, her excitement when he finally gets delivered and the beautiful chaos that transpires from the first CHOMP! “He was not what she expected. He had spots. His ears were too long. He smelled funny. Oh, and he had fleas.” Although Sparkle isn’t quite the unicorn Lucy was hoping for, friendship blossoms—the forever kind.
A Unicorn Named Sparkle series, by Amy Young.
In A New Friend for Sparkle, two’s company and three’s a crowd. Lucy’s friend Cole comes over to play and Sparkle gets a little jealous. He acts out. Lucy does too. A common occurrence. I recall a similar memory from childhood. It is difficult sometimes for kids to work with the dynamics of group play, sharing and taking turns, dealing with different personalities and likes. Lucy, Cole and Sparkle eventually figure it out. Both friendship stories are bright and lively.
Detail from Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great, by Bob Shea.
In Bob Shea’s Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great, you can’t help but feel for Goat, but then you’re still pretty amazed by Unicorn—he can make it rain CUPCAKES! That is very impressive.
Goat tries to compete with Unicorn, but he’s always out-sparkled, out-sprinkled, out-rainbowed. Goat’s insecurities and inability to keep up are getting him down. The remedy—a slice of pizza. That always works for me. And the goat-cheese topping is something Unicorn hasn’t experienced before. Nor has he seen hooves like Gost’s before. Unicorn has insecurities too. They get talking and realise that together, with Unicorn’s magic and Goat’s awesome-ness they’ll “be an unstoppable team.”
Shea shares a valid message with eye-catching illustrations and wonderful humour. Everything is better when we’re friends. And we want to be friends with Goat and Unicorn, so we can go on daring quests and save the day. “Taste my cloven justice! You’ve been unicorned!” Lol!
We hope these have brightened your day.
Feel free to add to our list in the comments below…