Every even the animals gather in a clearing in the forest to tell stories -- fairy tales, myths and legends, fantasies filled with magic and wonder. One evening as Hedgehog heads for the gathering, he sees something extraordinary -- a unicorn drinking from the stream! He is astonished. But when he tells the other animals about it, they assure him that he is mistaken. "The unicorn is just a legend," they say, "a myth. In reality there are no unicorns." Soon, Hedgehog himself no longer believes his own eyes.
Suddenly, there is something very wrong in the forest. The birds no longer sing, the babbling stream is silent, all seems dim and dull. And when the animals meet to share stories, they discover that they have forgotten them all. Luminous, lovely paintings illustrated this enchanted tale about the power of belief and the wonder of the legendary unicorn.
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Julia Gukova lives in Moscow with her son. She studied illustration and book design and has illustrated over a dozen books published in Russia. For North-South she has illustrated The Blind Fairy by Brigitte Schar.
Udo Weigelt was born in Hamburg, Germany. He has written numerous other picture books for North-South, including All-Weather Friends, The Strongest Mouse in the World, Hiding Horatio, and Who Stole the Gold?
Kindergarten-Grade 3 - Every evening, animals gather in the woods to share stories. On the way there, Hedgehog sees a unicorn drinking from a stream and rushes to tell the others. Hare says that unicorns are only legends, and pompous Bear maintains that it was just an illusion. Even when they view the unicorn with their own eyes, they still refuse to believe that it exists. The next evening, the animals are unable to remember a single story, and the forest seems dull and cheerless. They postulate that their doubts about the unicorn caused this change and search everywhere for it, unsuccessfully. Deciding to lure it out by proving that they believe in magical things, they create a new story, to which they all contribute. Afterward, Hare and Hedgehog see the unicorn again, and it looks to be at peace. The abrupt ending is followed by a brief note about this mystical beast. Gukova's watercolor-and-pastel paintings show softly rendered creatures in luminous settings. There is a delightful rendition of the unicorn, camouflaged or appearing as the animals imagine it - as part of the tree branches that arch above the story-telling circle and protect it. Unfortunately, the artwork can't overcome the tale's lack of appeal or unity. - Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA
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