Afro Unicorn: A Magical Parade

Random. (Step into Reading). May 2024. 32p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780593806968; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780593704158.
PreS-Gr 2–The Afro Unicorns prepare to celebrate the Day of Crowns, an annual and highly anticipated festival. After donning special crowns that make them feel their best, the trio of Unique, Divine, and Magical make their way to town, in awe of the crowds and colors that surround them. A new unicorn approaches the friends and is extremely upset that she has lost her crown. The friends quickly offer her comfort and devise a plan to create a sparkling new crown. The new friend adores the crown and asks Unique, Divine, and Magical to lead the parade with her. Fans of “Uni the Unicorn” will thoroughly enjoy this series, with its charming and colorful illustrations on every spread. The text features ample use of sight words, along with new vocabulary spaced generously throughout the story. Sentences range from three to 12 words, with illustrations frequently providing visual clues to the text. For example, on a spread showing two of the unicorns preparing for the celebration, the text reads, “Divine dips her hooves in glitter. Magical picks out rainbows for her mane.”
VERDICT A sweet and straightforward story, ideal for early reader collections.

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