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I Believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo

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When I travel to the UK, I love to go to the bookstores and sniff out great reads which I can’t always find here in the US.

I believe in Unicorns

Though Great Britain and the United States speak the same language and do share authors between the countries, both countries also have a long list of their native authors and one of my favorites is Michael Morpurgo. You may know him from his book War Horse. He has written so many books that when I’m in England, Scotland, Ireland, or Wales I have to get myself a little treat of one more book in my Michael Morpurgo collection.

I’ve recently come back from Scotland and on this trip I purchased a gem of a book called I Believe in Unicorns.

I Believe in Unicorns

The mastery skill that Mr. Morpurgo has of weaving a tale is well evident in this little book. Eight year old Tomas hates school, hates books, and hates stories. Forced by his mother to visit the library, he stops to listen to the magical tales of the Unicorn Lady. Her tales drawn him in, and make themselves part of him, chaining the course of his life forever. In the end he believes in unicorns and by the end of the story you will believe in unicorns too.


I can’t tell you more than this or I’ll give away the story.


Something To Do

In celebration of believing in unicorns I think it’s time we make one of our very own. We’re making ours a reading unicorn and it’s present at every family read aloud. I found this absolutely delightful felt unicorn tutorial at Where Wishes Come from. Click the link or the image to get started on creating your own unicorn companion for this story!



If you are a true unicorn lover and just can’t get enough, check out our The Great and Incredible Unicorn BookList Part I and The Great and Incredible Unicorn Book List Part 2!


4 thoughts on “I Believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo

  1. This looks like such an enchanting read. I love that you sniff out books in other lands, hurrah, hope you sniff some out in Australia some time too, he he. Thanks so much for joining us on the Kid Lit Blog Hop

  2. I love that page you posted! This probably isn’t the sort of book that I would normally be drawn to… but that page really intrigues me.

    And I love the idea of a craft activity to accompany it!

    Thanks for sharing at the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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