The Book Of Unicorns by Jackie French (review)

February 1, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, YA 2 ★★★★

The Book Of Unicorns by Jackie French (review)The Book Of Unicorns by Jackie French
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on March 1st, 1988
Number of Pages: 178
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Purchase: At Amazon

There are worlds where fields of dry, baked earth are side by side with enchanted gardens, and places where the strangest creatures are the truest friends.

These are the places where unicorns heal hearts and minds, and a place where dreams come true.

Unicorns can give you the strength to carry on or they can be the weak, strange-looking foal, hand-fed like a poddy lamb, asleep beside Grandma's stove. Whether fragile or strong, in this world or in a place light years away, these mythical creatures will always be... magic!

There are six short stories in this book. I don’t usually read many short stories, but they were about unicorns!

Warts, is about a boy with two bickering and angry parents who go to visit the boy’s grandmother only once a year. The mother hates it out there and refuses to go more than she has to. The grandmother has arthritis, and has started to forget things. And then, a unicorn is born on the property. I really liked this one, it’s one of my favorites in the book.

A Present For Aunt Addie, is slightly surreal and also sad. A boy is sent to meet his great-great-great-great-Aunt for the first time when he is 15. He meets a unicorn, and sees other creatures like fairies and a water sprite.

Amfylobbsis: What if your imaginary friend was a unicorn? And what if he wasn’t so imaginary?

Spots: Can’t think how to describe this one without giving it all away. It’s only a few pages long.

The Taming of the Beast: From the unicorn’s point of view.

The Lady of the Unicorn: This is the longest story in the book. A girl who has no friends is chosen by a unicorn to be the new Lady of the Unicorn and lead her people. How she makes friends, and with whom, as well as how she truly becomes the Lady, make for a good read.

My favorite of the stories were the first and last. All of them were worth reading, but the first and last resonated the most with me. This would make a good book for both children as well as adults.


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2 Responses to “The Book Of Unicorns by Jackie French (review)”

  1. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    1988! Wow that is an older book. Looks like you really like classics or oldies. I never do seem to get around to them anymore but I am making it a point to read more older titles but I don’t know if I’d go over ten years back. Unicorns might be worth it tho, I did read The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle recently and that was 1967 hehe
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I like shopping at used bookstores, and I also have been finding books packed away in my house that I don’t remember if I’ve actually read. So if I don’t remember them at all, and they look good, they’ve ended up on my TBR shelf.

      Plus, I figure if the book is that old, there’s a good chance there aren’t lots of reviews for it. (Though sometimes there’s a ton of them too…)

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