FICTION

Little Unicorn Is Angry (Bk. 1)/Little Unicorn Is Scared (Bk. 2)

Little, Brown. Jul. 2019. Bk. 1 ISBN 9780316531856; Bk. 2 ISBN ISBN 9780316531788. Tr $12.99..
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PreS-K–The first two books in a series about emotions. Little Unicorn feels things in an intense way, and his rainbow mane magically changes hues with his emotions. In Angry, Little Unicorn’s mane is bright red. He’s having a terrible day. He gets annoyed when he has to take a bath or when he has to walk to school. The anger feels like a “giant stormy cloud” in his head, but he learns to blow that cloud away by taking deep breaths. Chine explains how young readers can do these breathing exercises. In Scared, Little Unicorn must deal with his fear of the dark. Once again, the breathing exercises are successful and help Little Unicorn imagine strong protective armor. The illustrations match the text and thoroughly express the emotions being tackled.
VERDICT Welcome additions to library collections seeking books that explore feelings, especially for the youngest patrons. These titles are the right combination of engaging stories and coping tactics

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