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The Dragon and the Unicorn by Lynne Cherry
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May 14, 2012

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bookshelves: dragons, picture-book, unicorns
Recommended to June by: Children's Lit group - Mythological creatures
Recommended for: Unicorn fans & ecological requests
Read in April, 2012 , read count: 1

A bit didactic and heavy handed. Valerio, a dragon, & Allegra, a unicorn, have always lived in harmony with everyone in their forest home; until one day humans arrive and begin cutting down the trees. The King sends his knights after Allegra because he has heard that unicorn horns contain magical powers. When Valerio rescues her from the knights the King offers riches to the knight that slays the dragon.

I do agree with the Children's lit picture book reviewer that was disturbed by how Allegra and Valerio lure the princess into the forest; it struck me as pretty creepy and could have been handled in a different way.

The King's knights are unable to find his daughter. Her mother suggests that he "should go quietly into the forest and try to find Arianna." In searching for her he begins to see the beauty of the forest and is finally able to listen to Arianna when they find each other.
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