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The Unicorn of the West

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Follow this young unicorn on his magical journey to discover his purpose in this evocative tale of friendship and self-discovery by Alma Flor Ada.

All of the young unicorn’s friends—the robin, the butterfly, and the squirrel—are certain who they are and know what they are meant to do in their lives. But the unicorn has never seen another like him… Determined to help the unusual-looking animal discover his identity, the robin, butterfly, and squirrel come together to help the lonely unicorn find his sense of belonging.

Following a mysterious melody, the unicorn embarks on a journey through the mountains, leading him to Unicorns of the North, South, and East, helping him discover his identity as the Unicorn of the West.

Alma Flor Ada pens a beautiful tale accompanied by delicate watercolor illustrations by Abigail Pizer in this inspiring story about the power of friendship and knowing one’s self that helps encourage discussion of solidarity, identity, and purpose.

Alma Flor Ada, an authority on multicultural and bilingual education, is the recipient of the 2012 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and in 2014 she was honored by the Mexican government with the prestigious OHTLI Award. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including Dancing Home with Gabriel Zubizarreta, My Name Is María Isabel, Under the Royal Palms (Pura Belpré Medal), Where the Flame Trees Bloom, and The Gold Coin (Christopher Award Medal). She lives in California, and you can visit her at

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