THE UNICORN AND THE PLOW by Louise Moeri

THE UNICORN AND THE PLOW

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A slight, trite tale about a poor farmer in despair because the weeds spring back the moment his plow has passed over them. At last he's reduced to selling one of his cows and slaughtering the other for meat. But just then the two animals speak up and ask him to spare them for a day. He does, and he also, in sympathy, spares a rabbit and some birds' eggs he could have eaten. He is rewarded with a middle-of-the-night visit from a unicorn, who quietly pulls the farmer's plow, turning up weed-free rich soil and leaving behind a crop of vegetables that springs up overnight. Some other animal at the plow might have given the story a jot of fairy-tale credence, but with the unicorn it just drifts away to neverland.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1982
Publisher: Dutton