“Every morning a king finds his twelve precious white unicorns sleeping peacefully in their corral – with the golden chains that restrain them shattered on the ground. Where do they escape each night? The king is desperate to find out the truth, and will reward whoever solves the mystery with a prize of their choosing. Among the villagers is a young girl who becomes enchanted by the smallest, most radiant unicorn. She decides she will find out the unicorns’ secret. Will she uncover the mystery? ” – Inside Cover
Isn’t that cover gorgeous? Every page inside is just as beautifully illustrated. The Twelve Dancing Unicorns is a sweet adaptation of the fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses – and so well-done this is one of my top favorite picture books! And, what especially delighted us is that the story is as beautifully written as the art is magnificently done. Here’s a quick excerpt:
“One young girl who visited every day fell especially in love with the smallest unicorn, the most radiant one of all. Sometimes the little unicorn pranced over to the fence, straining at its chain. The girl was able to gently pat its velvety head through the fence and look into its sad sapphire eyes.”
The book is a large hardcover with an illustration on almost every page, and the pages are glossy. My daughter (6) has requested it be read aloud more than once and reads it to herself as well. I’m pleased with the way its written (great vocabulary challenge with real words – not overly simplified) and actually prefer it very much over the original The Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale.
I would recommend this book for anyone who loves beautiful pictures and well-written fantasy stories, and wants to expose their children to the same. This is a lovely addition to any bookshelf, and is a wonderful unique gift idea!
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My thanks to Sterling for providing the prizing for this giveaway and for sending me the book reviewed in this post so I could share my thoughts and experiences with my readers! The opinions I have given are honest and 100% my own. Images reprinted with permission from Twelve Dancing Unicorns © 2014 by Alissa Heyman, Sterling Children’s Books, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Illustrations by Justin Gerard.