Cover image for Behold-- the unicorns!
Title:
Behold-- the unicorns!
Author:
Gibbons, Gail.
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Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 29 cm
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.2 0.5 55839.
ISBN:
9780688179557

9780688179588
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Introduces the origins, mythology, and folklore of the unicorn.


Author Notes

Gail Gibbons was born in 1944 in Oak Park, Illinois. She received a degree in graphic design from the University of Illinois. She got a job doing artwork for television shows in New York City. She was eventually offered a job creating art for a children's show, where some of the children asked her if she had ever considered doing a children's books. Her first book, Willy and His Wheel Wagon, was published in 1975. Since then she has written and illustrated more than 170 non-fiction books for children including Nature's Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-4, younger for reading aloud. Unicorns. Are they pure legend or are they based on fact? The prolific Gibbons looks at the one-horned creature that has taken hold of humanity's imagination. She begins with animals such as the narwhal and the rhino that might have been the basis for the unicorn, then delves into unicorn legends in various countries, including China and Greece. She also explores the biblical connection between unicorns and Christianity--especially in the Middle Ages, when the creatures served to represent Christian symbols and beliefs, as illustrated by photos of the tapestry series The Hunt of the Unicorn. The rest of the artwork is in Gibbons' signature watercolor-and-ink style, jaunty and informative. Both the subject and the execution have plenty of child appeal. --Ilene Cooper


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Unicorns are a source of endless fascination, and Gibbons provides a clear and concise explanation for their presence in the world's mythology and lore. She begins with the Latin origins of the term unicorn ("one horn") and relates this word to examples of other one-horned animals such as the rhinoceros and the narwhal. She then discusses the evolution of the unicorn as a fabulous creature possessing magical powers and provides numerous examples of its existence in the folklore from Persia, China, and India, as well as references in several of the world's religions including Judaism, Hinduism, and Christianity. A floral motif and fibrous handmade paper borders tie together the colorful watercolor-and-ink illustrations, which vary from fanciful to descriptive. Full-color reproductions of the seven famous medieval tapestries comprising "The Hunt of the Unicorn" series are included; unfortunately, their small size and mediocre quality detract from the power of the images presented. The book also suffers slightly from a formulaic format, concluding with a page of informational tidbits instead of incorporating them into the text. For young unicorn lovers who cannot get enough of these gentle and noble creatures, this book fills a factual gap, but those preferring their magical creatures straight up might just want to stick to the lore.-Teri Markson, Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School, Los Angeles (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.