This book was fun. The prose and rhythm / rhyming of the text plays very well and smoothly. The story is a classic example of accepting yourself and don't try to be someone your not. I'm not sure I agree completely with the message that the book is trying to put forward.
I know it's saying not to become someone you're not, but I feel like it could have done a better job of bringing that theme to life. I think it's a very good message to aspire and seek improvement, lay down some goals of the person you want to be and take steps to become that person. As people are in constant growth, it's good to evolve. The message the book is trying to convey though is once you get a taste of a different aspect of yourself, you'll see all the negative sides of it and just revert back to who you were before.
I know that's a pretty big stretch, and at the end of the day it's just a picture book about a pony that wants to be a unicorn...but it's hard to deny some of the messaging the book has.
Still, a fun book for story time, and if paired with another book, you can get a small discussion about how being true to yourself and growing as a person can work hand in hand.
Thelma the horse dreams of being a world famous unicorn, beloved by everyone and glitzed out in sparkles. It isn't until Thelma gets her wish and loses her cozy home life that she realizes that she'd rather be herself than be anyone else.
It was cute and had a nice moral to it- being a unicorn might not be all it seems. An enjoyable read.
Aaron Blabey is my favourite new children's books writer! While many of his books are not available in Canada (he's an Australian writer), the one's that *are* here are truly fantastic.
Thelma the Unicorn is another wonderful read by Blabey. Great story and message (for kids and adults!), humour, and fantastic artwork. Truly a great read.
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