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The Unicorn and the Lake by Marianna Mayer
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Feb 02, 12

bookshelves: children-s-literature, picture-book, unicorns, animals, good-vs-evil, snakes, fantasy, rain, folklore
Read in February, 2012

Once upon a time all of the land lived in harmony. The mystical unicorn lived among all other animals in harmony and the land was fruitful. But due to constant threats from hunters the unicorn eventually had to leave. Once he disappeared the animals began to forget how to talk to others besides their own kind. Along with this forgetfulness came evil in the form of a snake. The snake attacked the other animals. Some animals were able to defend themselves. Others fled the threat of the snake. During this time the lake began to dry up and the rains didn't come. Now the animals who used to be able to defend themselves began to succumb to the snake because they couldn't get to water.

Finally the animals remembered each other. They finally come together to call for rain. The unicorn, high up in the mountains, saw the trouble the animals were in. He responded by reaching up into the sky and opening the clouds with his horn. Finally rain poured down. The snake did not like this one bit. So he infected the water with his venom. Again the animals could not drink. The unicorn decides he must join the animals once again to fully solve this problem. The unicorn and snake immediately begin to battle each other until the snake is shamed into slinking away.

The unicorn uses his horn to inject magic back into the land so the water comes back. But he knows he must return to the mountains to be free from the hunters.
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