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A Unicorn Named Sparkle Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-13 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:0374301859
LANGUAGE:English

" Unicorns are all the rage right now and this book was so cute! I loved the unicorn that really looked like a goat and evolution of their relationship. Good book to use for expectations versus reality. " said.

" What can be better than having a pet Unicorn, and the best thing, it's only $.25. Lucy is very excited to get her new pet Unicorn, and his name will be Sparkle! But what happens when Sparkle isn't quite what Lucy imagined? " said.

" Oh, I can't love this one more! Lucy buys a unicorn named Sparkle for 25 cents. Once he arrives she finds that he isn't quite what she wanted - until he grows on her. I loved the illustrations, story and flow of this one. I'll definitely need it for story time at some point, and may just need a copy for my personal collection. " said.

"Samantha is now insisting for the moment that we log every new book we read together, as though we are going to win a prize by doing so. At least it’s helping me close the gap with my 2017 reading challenge. A Unicorn Named Sparkle is exactly what you’d expect, a cute book about a little girl and her pseudo-“unicorn,” and how even when something or someone does not quite match up with our most idealistic expectations... sometimes we find they’re dearer to us than we’d realized, and that we’d be hard pressed to imagine life without them. " said.

"This title is on the Texas 2 x 2 Reading List for 2017.

What's not to love about a girl who places a mail order for a unicorn and he actually comes! This is a heartwarming story (read: it made me cry) about loving unconditionally. In Dallas we have a BIG problem with surrendering and euthanizing pets; so you might even be able to sneak in a conversation about responsible pet ownership.

The illustrations are inviting with lots of sparkles, butterflies, and rainbows. As with any great picture book, the illustrations tell at least half the story. Young readers can easily tell this story regardless of their reading level.

Audience: EC-2nd grade
Connections: unicorns, friendship, responsible pet ownership, entertainment
" said.

"Lucy answers and ad for a unicorn. She sends in her money and waits eagerly for the delivery. While waiting she imagines what her unicorn will look like. She decides she will name him Sparkle and she will take him to show-and-tell at school.

The day finally arrives and Lucy eagerly meets the delivery truck. But what comes off the truck is not at all what she imagined. He was short, his ears were to long and he had fleas! He ate everything in sight; even the underwear on the clothesline!

Lucy called the delivery man and asked that he come get Sparkle. She has to wait until the next day. During that night she snuggles with Sparkle and reads him a story. The next day she plays outside with him. When the truck arrives to take Sparkle away, Lucy realizes that she loves him just the way he is.

A great story about expectations.
" said.

"Prepare for a story of mystical proportions in A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young. A young girl named Lucy discovers an ad for a unicorn that is for sale for 25 cents. She hurriedly sends in her money and eagerly awaits the unicorn's arrival.

While she waits, she begins to dream about all of the things that she and her unicorn will do together. Lucy has even picked out her new pet's name: Sparkle. She also prepares a special cupcake treat to present to Sparkle.

The unicorn man soon arrives with a large box. Upon opening the box, Lucy discovers that Sparkle is not at all what she had expected. He is unwilling to play dress up or go to show-and-tell. With her dreams shattered, Lucy calls the unicorn man and tells him that she no longer wants Sparkle.

When he returns to collect Sparkle the next day, Lucy feels torn. Could the pet she didn't want turn out to be the pet of her dreams?

I absolutely love this story! In fact, it may very well be my new favorite children's book. The story is so touching and strikes a true chord with me as I am heavily involved in animal rescue. Too often, animals are passed over due to their looks without anyone taking the time to get to know their personalities.

This is exactly the case with one of my pets. Penny is a Chiweenie that was born with a deformed front paw and a severe overbite. No one at the shelter wanted her due to her unique looks. She was going to be euthanized until a rescue group saved her in the nick of time. My husband and I then adopted her and she has been inspiring us ever since. Although she is a tripawd (only has three legs) she can do everything that her four-legged siblings can do. We had incorrectly assumed that she would need extra care because of the missing leg, but all of our misconceptions were shattered when we met Penny.

There are so many wonderful lessons in this story. The most obvious is not to judge a book by its cover. Another is that relationships take time to grow. Lucy was expecting an instant love connection, but did not realize that building a relationship takes more than just a few days. The more she gets to know Sparkle, the more she can see just how special he is.

I was also captivated by Young's illustrations. They are bright, youthful and charming. Sparkle is adorable! I love that he has a heart shaped spot by his bottom.

This book is perfect for readers of all ages. Sparkle will tug at the reader's heart strings. I would highly recommend it to animal rescue groups and shelters as part of a humane education lesson.
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" This book has glitter on the cover. Automatic 3 stars. And I loved it as well. 4 stars. The end. " said.

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