Unicorns: Stepping Stones
Lucille Recht Penner & Mel Grant
Random House, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke
n the first chapter, Lucille Recht Penner writes of '
The Unicorn Myth
', beginning '
The sun goes down. It is dark in the forest. A deep pond glitters in the moonlight ... A graceful white shape glides silently out of the trees. It is a unicorn.
' Now the other animals can approach the pond as the unicorn's magical horn makes the water safe to drink.
. An animal that may look like it has one horn is the African oryx, which gives that appearance when standing sideways. But when the oryx turns, it shows its two horns. The European unicorn was imagined as a majestic white horse, with a horn made of ivory. In China the unicorn is called the
, with '
scales like a dragon
' and a silver horn. Among the many stories is one of Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi, who was given a scroll by a unicorn showing a map with
drawn on it. '
The ki-lin had given him a written language. Now his people would be able to write ... and remember everything that happened to them.
' Other countries had different names and stories about their unicorns' appearances, e.g. in Japan a unicorn was called a
and looked like a lion.
he author and illustrator of
give an informative and colorful presentation of a legendary creature, which has been represented in stories, paintings, and in songs set to music. For hundreds of years, there have been many tales of this wondrous horned animal. I believe in unicorns, do you?
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