I Believe In Unicorns

by Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator Gary Blythe

Candlewick Press | October 10, 2006 | Hardcover |

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A tale of the transformative power of stories, told by British Children''s Laureate Michael Morpurgo and award-winning illustrator Gary Blythe

Eight-year-old Tomas hates reading. He would much rather be clambering around his beloved mountains. But when his mother forces him to visit the library, he can''t help but listen to the enchanting tales the librarian spins as she sits on a lifelike wooden unicorn. When war comes to their village, it is Tomas''s newfound love of books that helps save the library''s holdings from destruction. Set against a backdrop of encroaching war, I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS is an eloquent reminder of the power of storytelling to alter our lives.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 80 Pages, 6.3 × 7.48 × 0.39 in

Published: October 10, 2006

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0763630500

ISBN - 13: 9780763630508

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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I Believe In Unicorns

I Believe In Unicorns

by Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator Gary Blythe

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 80 Pages, 6.3 × 7.48 × 0.39 in

Published: October 10, 2006

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0763630500

ISBN - 13: 9780763630508

About the Book

A tale of the transformative power of stories is delivered by British Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo and award-winning illustrator Gary Blythe. Full color.

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So I found myself being drawn inside the main library and walking past the bookshelves toward this excited huddle of children in the corner. Wanting to keep well out of sight, I half hid myself behind a bookshelf and looked on from a safe distance. As I watched, the children began to settle down, each of them finding a place to sit on the carpet. Then, quite improbably and inexplicably, they were all hushed and still and attentive. That was the moment I first saw him, sitting there in the corner beyond the children. A unicorn! A real live unicorn! He was sitting absolutely still, his feet tucked neatly underneath him, his head turned toward us. He seemed to be gazing straight at me. I swear his eyes were smiling at me too. He was pure white as unicorns are - white head, body, mane, and tail - white all over except for his golden horn and his little black hooves. And his eyes were blue and shining. It was some moments before I realized he was in fact not real, not live at all. He was too still to be real; his gaze was too constant and stony. I suddenly felt very cross with myself for having been so stupid as to believe he could have been alive in the first place. Unicorns weren''t real. I knew that much. Of course I did. It was quite obvious to me now that this was in fact a wooden unicorn. He had been carved out of wood and painted. But as I came closer, he seemed so lifelike. He looked the way a unicorn should, so magical and mysterious, and if he''d gotten to his feet and t
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A tale of the transformative power of stories, told by British Children''s Laureate Michael Morpurgo and award-winning illustrator Gary Blythe

Eight-year-old Tomas hates reading. He would much rather be clambering around his beloved mountains. But when his mother forces him to visit the library, he can''t help but listen to the enchanting tales the librarian spins as she sits on a lifelike wooden unicorn. When war comes to their village, it is Tomas''s newfound love of books that helps save the library''s holdings from destruction. Set against a backdrop of encroaching war, I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS is an eloquent reminder of the power of storytelling to alter our lives.

About the Author

Michael Morpurgo is the award-winning author of more than ninety books and a former British Children''s Laureate. He lives in Devon, England.

Gary Blythe has illustrated numerous picture books, including THE WHALES'' SONG by Dyan Sheldon, which was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal. He lives in London.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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