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 Unicorn named Sparkle and the perfect valentine (Unicorn named Sparkle)
 Author: Young, Amy

 Publisher:  Farrar Straus Giroux (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 975733 ISBN: 9780374314224
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Unicorns -- Fiction
 Goats -- Fiction
 Valentines -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

Sparkle the unicorn, who looks suspiciously like a goat, and Lucy make valentines for each other, but Sparkle begins to doubt his card is good enough to give to Lucy.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.00
   Points: .5   Quiz: 515141

   Kirkus Reviews (10/15/21)
   School Library Journal (01/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2022 PreS-Gr 2—Lucy and Sparkle are preparing for a Valentine's party. While Lucy is busy making valentines that will tell each of her friends at the party what she loves about them, Sparkle sneaks off with art supplies to make his own card for Lucy. But the beautiful card he imagines is a lot harder for a unicorn to execute. He painstakingly cuts out a heart with his horn, makes a hoof mark for each of the things he loves about Lucy, and dips his horn into paint to add a "squiggly line" for a poem. Sparkle is pleased with his card, until he sees the beautiful ones on display at the party. Teary-eyed, Sparkle tosses his in the trash. But Lucy finds it, declares it "perfect," and shares the card she has made for Sparkle as well. Sparkle transitions from bowed dejection to recognition that he is loved as he and Lucy look into each other's eyes and eventually share a hug. The watercolor-and-ink cartoon illustrations delightfully depict brown-skinned Lucy, with her spiraling black curls, and her goatlike companion. Readers whose skills do not yet meet their expectations will resonate with Sparkle's experience. VERDICT The message that one need not be perfect to be loved is an excellent one to share during Valentine's Day story hours.—Marianne Saccardi - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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