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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Celebrating Unicorns

People love to believe in unicorns, so it is only natural that they have their own special day.  National Unicorn Day is celebrated annually on April 9th.

Unicorns are mythological animals that look like horses with horns on their foreheads.  The holiday
has special significance in Scotland because the unicorn is the national animal.  There are legends about the power of unicorn horns.  The unicorn was the symbol of purity, innocence, masculinity, and power in Celtic mythology.  During the reign of William I, in the twelfth century, the Scottish royal coat of arms began using unicorns. The two unicorns are depicted with chains around their necks.  It is thought that since unicorns were seen as powerful animals, the chains may symbolize that the Scottish kings were so strong that they were able to tame unicorns.

While unicorns may not be real, the concept of them goes way back in time and they are an ever-present part of today's culture.  Unicorn merchandise is everywhere, such as unicorn headbands or sweatshirts with unicorn hoods.

Unicorn are also popular topics in the world of literature.  We are asked quite often to recommend books about them.  Reading about unicorns may be a great way to celebrate National Unicorn Day.  Here are some wonderful picture book suggestions:

How to Catch a Unicorn by Adam Wallace is a book designed to help you catch that elusive unicorn.  Join the kids as they visit the zoo and try to capture the unicorn who is there visiting his animal friends.  Will they get to pet that beautiful rainbow colored mane?

You Don't Want a Unicorn by Ame Dykeman suggests you be
careful when making a wish.  A little boy makes a wish for a pet unicorn in a wishing well and finds out unicorns don't make the best pets.  They make big messes, poke holes in your ceiling and boy do they shed!

For those of you who enjoy graphic novels, check out the Phoebe and Her Unicorn series by Dana Simpson.  Phoebe's adventure started when she accidentally hit a unicorn in the face while skipping a rock across a pond.  Incredibly she was granted one wish and you know what she wished for - a unicorn!  Marigold Heavenly Nostrils becomes her best friend and makes Phoebe realize she is a special person, even if she is a little awkward.

A new fictional series, Unicorn Quest by Kamila Benko, is about two sisters, Claire and Sophie, who move into Windermere Manor and uncover a strange ladder in a fireplace which takes them into the magical land of Arden.  Arden is made up of four guilds of magic who no longer trust each other and now the unicorns that used to live there have gone.  The girls return home but then Sophie disappears and Claire has to return to that world to search of her sister.  A third book is coming soon!

The unicorn, that most elusive of imaginary beasts, has retained its popularity throughout time.  Celebrate their mystery on their special day by stopping by and checking out the world of the unicorn.


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