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Book Title: Nobody Rides the Unicorn|
Date of issue: April 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780439112048
The author of the book: Adrian Mitchell
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 31.98 MB
Edition: Arthur A. Levine Books
Read full description of the books Nobody Rides the Unicorn:This book - aside from the usual fairy-tales and fairy stories - has been my favorite picture book ever since I can remember reading them. (I mean, my parents told me that I liked Peter Rabbit and knew the story off by heart before I could even read, but I can't really remember him).
Nobody Rides the Unicorn, despite being a children's book, has an innate and slightly sad beauty about it. I got to know and sympathize with the main character, Zoe, after only 20 pages of children's writing.
Zoe is a quiet little girl, very sweet and kind. She is tricked into trapping the Unicorn with her voice, so that the King can kill it so he can create plate and goblet out of its horn, so that the King will never die of poison. Zoe discovers the plan, and sets the Unicorn free.
When the King asks her who she thinks she is, she shyly answers "Nobody". So she is named Nobody and banished by the King. She travels to the Land of the Unicorns behind the Waterfall, and the Unicorn she saved allows Zoe to ride him. For, of course, "Nobody Rides the Unicorn."
I've always found this story so sad, and so beautiful, no matter how short it is. And even the illustrations with the words touch me in a way no other story-book has.
This book is absolutely lovely, and though I am now sixteen I still go back and read it now and again - and I'm sure that when I have children I will read it to them.
Read information about the authorAdrian Mitchell FRSL was an English poet, novelist and playwright. A former journalist, he became a noted figure on the British anti-authoritarian Left. For almost half a century he was the foremost poet of the country's anti-Bomb movement. The critic Kenneth Tynan called him the British Mayakovsky.
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