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CLAIRE AND THE UNICORN HAPPY EVER AFTER by B.G. Hennessy

CLAIRE AND THE UNICORN HAPPY EVER AFTER

By B.G. Hennessy (Author) , Susan Mitchell (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-4169-0815-3
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

A little girl wonders what it is that makes her fairytale characters happy forever after and takes a magical nighttime journey with her stuffed unicorn to find the answer. Claire and Capricorn ask many of the people and animals they meet what makes them happy, but they never get the same answer. One princess just wants a soft, comfortable bed to sleep on (without a pea?), while another is looking for true love. A (frog) prince loves to eat flies; a fairy looks for peace, quiet and a good book. By the end of their journey the pair realizes that what makes a person happy ever after depends upon who that person is—different people like different things. Hennessy and Mitchell have teamed up to add richer detail to every child’s imaginings of this world. Mitchell’s watercolors are amazingly detailed and filled with charming details that every fairytale connoisseur will recognize. Readers will especially enjoy identifying their favorite characters. A good entry to the topic of diversity, and an extension to traditional fairy tale collections. (Picture book. 4-8)