Uni’s Wish for Wings

Random. (Step into Reading). Sept. 2022. 32p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780593564790; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780593564783.
PreS-Gr 2–While sitting around watching birds fly above her, Uni the Unicorn meets a young bird who is too afraid to fly. Trying to convince the bird to just flap his wings, Pegasus (Peg for short) flies on over. Uni wishes she had wings just like Peg; after trying various wings, Uni uses leaves, sap, and sticks—and she is able to get a little air! Unfortunately, she flies into a tree, knocking the little bird out. More worried about the bird, Uni saves him with her unicorn magic before checking in on herself. This leads to Uni learning that maybe she can’t fly, but she can make a few good friends. This early reader is one in a series centered around Uni. As a Step 2 book, it accurately provides short and simple sentences, while engaging young readers in a sweet story. It also uses a mix of familiar words and less common ones. The art is bright and appealing. Beyond this, the illustrations match the text well and help readers decode what is happening in the story.
VERDICT Overall, a good addition to early reader collections to appeal to young patrons and help them improve their reading skills.

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