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Mar 21 2019

Pearl the proper unicorn by Sally Odgers

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Illus. by Adele K. Thomas. Scholastic, 2019. ISBN: 9781760661854.
(Age: 6+) Themes: Magic, Unicorns. Sally Odgers continues her delightful magical series in Pearl the proper unicorn. Colourful pages, borders, and magical words, make this an easy-to-read and share story, just right for young unicorn fans.
Pearl loves making special treats for her friends, Tweet the Firebird and Olive the Ogre. Sometimes muddled combination of words accompanied by her head tossing and hoof stomping creates unique results. She's interrupted by an excited Tweet who flies in and lands on Pearl's horn announcing a special visitor to the kingdom. Pearl is surprised to meet Prince Percival the Positively Perfect Prancer with a sparkling horn and gorgeous long tail.
He's surprised by Pearl's magical spell casting. He stands perfectly still and doesn't wiggle or muddle up the words. Unfortunately, he's not impressed with Pearl's friends, a horrible noisy ogre and a small firebird. When stinky gobble-uns take over the pond turning it into a smelly place, the colour of pea soup, Pearl has to make a decision. Will she follow perfect Prince Percival's advice and try proper magic or will she use her hoof tossing, tail swishing and flicking song?
Problem solving, valuing friends and believing in yourself help Pearl to grow and believe in herself.
Adele K Thomas' fun, pink, grey and black pictures show both Pearl's magical world and add sparkle to Sally Odgers enchanting story. Pearl the proper unicorn is just right for young unicorn lovers stepping from picture books to early chapter stories.
Rhyllis Bignell

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