A quest for friendship and confidence with crayons and a unicorn at the helm.
A lonely unicorn looks for friends but is rejected by fish, birds, and butterflies all in one morning! The unicorn’s splashing and peering and the butterflies’ fluttering make for fantastic read-aloud opportunities, and similar opportunities for action, sounds, and conversation are sprinkled throughout the story. The unicorn searches for friends on spreads with negative space as background, his rainbow mane popping against them in the line-and-color illustrations, which have an unschooled look. But his rainbow tail fades to a dusty gray as his confidence wanes. Enter a band of seven anthropomorphic crayons on a double-page spread that introduces their distinct personalities via speech-bubble exclamations. The speech bubbles with hand-lettered text, a gentle black italicized type for the narrative text, and the unsophisticated illustration style combine to invite readers into the unicorn’s world. The crayons and unicorn embark on joyous adventures, with continued chances to promote phonological awareness, vocabulary-building, and social-emotional learning. Despite the contributions of his newfound friends, the unicorn’s colors fade again, and he must draw strength from within to restore them. This reminder that friends do not solve all problems is a welcome complexity. The no-frills attitude of this book makes it ripe for entertainment or for deeper discussion.
What’s not to like? (Picture book. 4-7)