Dear Unicorn

Dear Unicorn
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Release Date
September 19, 2023
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Two pen pals receive the shock of a lifetime in this giggle-inducing ode to friendship, art, and keeping an open mind!

Connie's art class is partnering up with pen pals this year, and she loves exchanging letters with her new friend, Nic, even though the two of them are polar opposites. Connie takes her art seriously and thinks things like kittens are nothing more than a distraction, while Nic has a more whimsical approach to painting and knows the value of a good cupcake. But both are eagerly awaiting the end of year pen pal art festival where their two classes will finally meet.

But they're in for quite the shock...

Connie doesn't know Nic is a unicorn. And Nic has no clue that Connie is a human.

It turns out, though, that even this surprise can't get in the way of true friendship. Through their letters, they see that their differences are their strengths--and that they lave a lot to learn from each other.

With Josh Funk's signature laugh-out-loud humor and Charles Santoso's explosively fun illustrations, Dear Unicorn is a celebration of new friends, art, and stepping outside your comfort zone.

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What I liked:
One of my favorite class assignments when I was younger was exchanging letters with a pen pal. Our class was paired with another type, but that class was based in another part of the world. The excitement of learning what they liked, what they did for fun, and how their school was vastly different but somehow the same in many ways. In Dear Unicorn, Constance sends a letter to her pen pal named Constance (also known as Connie). You get the whole story written in these letters and what they learn about each other as the weeks unfold. The twist is that Nicole has no idea her pen pal is not human.
Final Verdict:
Dear Unicorn is a wonderfully illustrated book to help those nervous about making new friends or writing letters. They will see it can be a lot of fun to share about yourself and learn how the world differs from what you see every day. I like that each pen pal had negative and positive things to share, and they answered the questions honestly, and when the big day came to meet, they embraced their differences—an excellent, encouraging picture book.
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