Teen, YA or Older Reader Unicorn Book Feature -The Unicorn with Silver Shoes by Ella Young
The Unicorn with Silver Shoes is an extremely imaginative and well-written fairy tale about Ballor’s son and his amusing companions, Flame of Joy, Angus the Ever Young. And the Pooka who can change shapes into anything he wants. In their search for Elbis, the Djinn, who fell into the Civilized World, while clutching for the moon which he thinks is a flower, the group partake in many fanciful and thrilling adventures and escapes including climbing slanting sunbeams; running like the wind just above the Earth; sliding down the polished surfaces of crystal and amethyst mountains; and winging their way on the back of the Sacred Cat of Cruachan over the Mountains of the Silver Unicorns. Finally they are assisted by the One-Headed Ogre of Whirling Castle in the Borderland who helps them in the search for Eblis in the Civilized World.
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A Couple of Reviews To Help You Choose
Martha rated it really liked it Recommends it for: bright children, adults
I picked it up in the library in third grade, and I had to give it back before I finished, as I was changing schools. I sought it out decades later. This is deep myth, social satire, Celtic humor, poetry, snark, adventure, and myth turned inside out. Get a copy and give it to a child. If you take it away before he or she finishes, perhaps he or she will remember it all of his or her life.
Vivian rated it really liked it Shelves: children-s The four stories in this book beg to be read aloud, and yet much of the humor lies in the use of capitalization that would be missed if it weren’t read from the page.
Not many of today’s fantasy works for children will be able to boast 30 years of continuous publication, as does this (now lost) treasure.
I share here some examples of the prose…
But first, the main characters:
There is Ballor’s Son (or every child).
There is Angus (the god of the Land of the Ever Young, who reminds me of Tolkien’s Tom Bombadil, but predates that literary work by a score of years).
There is Pooka (have you seen the movie Harvey? Harvey is a Pooka– and so is the horse in the movie Darby O’Gill).
There is Flame of Joy (or every child’s assigned companion).
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