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Summary: Night has fallen and Abigail is supposed to be asleep. Instead, she sneaks out of bed, dons her best princess regalia, and heads to the Unicorn Races with her loyal steed, Prince William. In the magical clearing, Abigail presides over the Unicorn race and royal feast. This fantasy adventure story is for any child who loves unicorns, princesses, elves, and fairies.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 7
Age of Child: Started reading with 5-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: A night hasn't gone by in nearly a month that our child hasn't pulled this from the stack to read. She is also inclined to use the post-story "quiet time" she has to thumb through the book herself.
Adult Reader Reaction: The story is sweet and captures the magical imagination of every young girl. Who hasn't dreamed of being a princess? spending time with the fairies and elves? The pastel illustrations add a lot to the story. It's nice to have a princess book that uses imagination, not television characters, to drive its fantasy.
Pros: The book offers a fairy tale that princesses will love to hear over and over. Parental readers (who WILL be reading the book over and over) can easily change the color of the winning Unicorn, as the illustration doesn't segregate the winner from the crowd.
Cons: None, really. Unless you don't cotton to all things princess!
Borrow or Buy: This could go either way. If you love fantasy and want to encourage imagination for little girls, definitely buy it. If that's not your goal for reading time, at least borrow the book. The story is sweet and helps a child visualize their fantasies about magical places.
Educational Themes: There is no implicit message to draw from this book. Still, the story is such that after a couple readings you can close the book and create your own magical adventures for Abigail.