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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book . The Dragon and the Unicorn by Lynne Cherry. Valerio the dragon and Allegra the unicorn have always lived happily amid the majestic trees of the Ardet Forest, and in harmony with the animals that call the forest home. But one day Valerio discovers King Orlando cutting down trees to build a shelter. Only the king's young daughter, Arianna, seems sympathetic to the animals who are losing their homes. But can she save t Valerio the dragon and Allegra the unicorn have always lived happily amid the majestic trees of the Ardet Forest, and in harmony with the animals that call the forest home.
But can she save them all before it is too late? Get A Copy. Paperback , 36 s. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please up. To ask other readers questions about The Dragon and the Unicorn , please up.
See 1 question about The Dragon and the Unicorn…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Dragon and the Unicorn. Apr 03, Manybooks rated it it was ok Shelves: childrens-literature , book-reviews , picture-books , fairy-tales-fantasy , ecology , magical-creatures. Lynne Cherrys The Dragon and the Unicorn is really rather too heavy-handed with regard to its environmental message often reading more like an infomative but dry lecture on environmental protection than the original environmentally themed fairy tale it is supposed to be.
And while I appreciate and wholeheartedly support the message of environmental responsibility demonstrated and truly love the luminous and lushly descriptive accompanying illustrations , that very same message could be and sh Lynne Cherrys The Dragon and the Unicorn is really rather too heavy-handed with regard to its environmental message often reading more like an infomative but dry lecture on environmental protection than the original environmentally themed fairy tale it is supposed to be.
And while I appreciate and wholeheartedly support the message of environmental responsibility demonstrated and truly love the luminous and lushly descriptive accompanying illustrations , that very same message could be and should be a bit more elegantly and subtly presented if I want to read an environmental lecture, I will read a non fiction book on the same, as with a fairy tale, as with fiction, I primarily desire a story, and any ulterior messages should be a bit hidden and not so in one's proverbial face.
Also, I do NOT at all appreciate that the dragon and the unicorn actively seem to lure and entice the little girl into the forest as it feels somewhat like being abducted. It would be far less creepy and uncanny, if Arianna were to venture into the forest by herself and then get rescued by the dragon and the unicorn the same environmental message could be presented, but without the for me almost inappropriate child-luring aspect.
Maybe I am being a bit harsh here, but that whole sequence of events feels unnerving, and in fact, rather majorly frightening. I also have to wonder and question why Lynne Cherry has Arianna eating wild asparagus and wild carrots in the forest. Yes, they are considered delicacies by avid naturalists and foragers, but wild carrots especially look so confusingly similar to the extremely toxic and often lethal if ingested water and poison hemlock, that even in field guides which actively promote and encourage wild gathering, it is generally mentioned that wild carrots should ONLY ever be harvested and consumed by experts, by those who know what they are doing and can distinguish wild carrots from lethally toxic look-alikes not to mention that touching wild carrot plants can also cause severe photo-sensitivity in some people.
I truly think it would be much safer for Arianna to be eating wild berries and other less potentially problematic plants as you most certainly do not want trying to collect and consume wild carrots in the forest. Shelves: picture-books , dragons , childrens-ecology , fairy-tales , unicorns. When the expansionist King Orlando finds his way into their peaceful world, however, the forest soon becomes an unsafe place for all those who call it home. Can Allegra and Valerio alter the course of events by convincing the king's daughter, Princess Arianna, that the forest is worth preserving?
The story is sweet, although a little too wordy, and self-consciously didactic for my taste. I agree with its message, but found the delivery of that message rather awkward and heavy-handed. The artwork, on the other hand, was lovely! I really appreciated the fact that Orlando and Arianna were African in appearance - it's nice to see a fantasy picture-book featuring non-European characters! The decorative borders, around the paintings, and the smaller inset illustrations, within the borders, were also lovely. Apr 09, Kathryn rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi , environmental , nature-animals , childrens-picture-books.
This is the story about a dragon and a unicorn who live harmoniously in a beautiful forest. One day, humans arrive and start destroying the forest to create their own home. But, the young princess does notice and care that other creatures also live in the forest, as she helps rescue bird nests from fallen trees and comes to form a friendship with the unicorn and dragon. A very important subject and the illustrations are very nice if not quite to the level of, say, a Laurel Long. However, I also This is the story about a dragon and a unicorn who live harmoniously in a beautiful forest.
However, I also found the story a bit too heavy-handed and it just didn't sparkle in the storytelling aspect for me. Oh well. I liked that the king wasn't BAD, just frightened and ignorant. I think that's so much more representative of many people who do "bad" things. I did find it interesting that Cherry drew so much inspiration for the illustrations from the forests of the Pacific Northwest. Could be a neat tie-in for children who live in that area, or are planning to visit. View all 9 comments. Shelves: read , desert-island-keepers , childrens-fiction.
Reviewed for THC Reviews The Dragon and the Unicorn is a fun fantasy story that also tells a morality tale about caring for the environment. Valerio the dragon and Allegra the unicorn are best friends who live in a beautiful, pristine forest over which they keep watch. But one day, humans arrive. They begin cutting down the ancient trees to build a castle for their king, leaving Valerio and Allegra sad and worried for all their forest friends. Allegra is wise, though, and knows that the humans are afraid of them and the mysteries of the forest, so she takes a chance on befriending the young princess, showing her all the wondrous and magical things there are amongst the trees and teaching her how important it is to care for all of them.
I love that it gently teaches children about caring for the plants and animals around us and about the magic that can be found in all of nature. I also appreciated the diversity represented in the story by having a Black royal family. Valerio and Allegra are gentle creatures who watch over the other inhabitants of the forest. The young princess Arianna is kind and caring, while her father, King Orlando, is simply frightened and misguided.
The illustrations are stunning and rich in details with intricate vine-like borders around the s that make the reader feel like they really are in a forest. This was my first read by Lynne Cherry, but I now very much look forward to checking out her other works. May 18, Adrianna rated it liked it Recommends it for: All ages, especially children Shelves: fantasy , children , picture-book. I was drawn to this book because of the title: The Dragon and the Unicorn. I've always enjoyed fantasy books about dragons and unicorns, and this one looked like it might have an unique spin compared to more traditional stories.
I was not disappointed. This children's picture book is about a dragon named Valerio and his friend the unicorn Allegra. Their relationship and peaceful life in Ardet Forest is interrupted by the arrival of humans. King Orlando is changing the forest and only one person c I was drawn to this book because of the title: The Dragon and the Unicorn.
King Orlando is changing the forest and only one person cares, other than the creatures that live there: the young Princess Arianna. Can Ardet Forest be saved? Can the humans learn to live in harmony with the magical creatures all around them? These and many more environmental questions are asked as children are taken on a ecological fantasy journey. What makes this book so interesting is that the author researched every aspect.
Lynne Cherry dedicated the book "to the over one hundred authors and illustrators of the Center for Children's Environmental Literature and to Dad, who taught [her] to love the forest, and to Mom, who encouraged [her] to paint it. These details add realism to a seemingly fantastical piece. So, the setting for Ardet Forest is real, which makes sense because the illustrations look like real places.
Every waterfall, tree, plant, and animal is based on photos that Lynne Cherry painted. Eventually, the setting transforms thanks to the development and industrial progress of humans, namely King Orlando and his knights. Rather than living in harmony with nature, the people fear the unknown and mystical elements of the forest, which le them to believe tearing it down is the safest course.
A magical forest can't hurt you if you conquer it's magic. This setting transformation feeds directly into the plot. All the humans are happy about the changes except Princess Arianna, who tries to save the animals from the destruction. The animals themselves are afraid; they are being displaced. The dragon and the unicorn are especially in danger because they are hunted by the knights, the unicorn for her horn and the dragon because the humans think he's dangerous.
Thankfully, because this is ren's picture book, parents can be assured that there will be a happy ending to all this destruction. There is essentially no character development, not even during the reconciliation of the humans and the animals. The book is too short to have any character development, and the focus is really nature, not the humans.
The themes and motifs of this short picture book are quite obvious: Protect the environment and live in harmony with nature and its creatures. There is a less obvious theme of learning from nature; there is much in nature that can save us. Allegra explains this to the princess: "Many, many years from now a disease will come to humans that only the bark of this tree can cure. But what if you have cut down all the yew trees?Pictures of unicorns and dragons
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