First Day of Unicorn School by Jess Hernandez

Title:  First Day of Unicorn School

Author: Jess Hernandez
Release Date:  01 Jan 2021 

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Milly is incredibly excited to go to Unicorn School, a school that accepts only the best and the brightest. There’s only one problem: she isn’t a unicorn! She’s a donkey in a party hat. Milly first feels uncomfortable but eventually learns that she and the others at the school have more in common than it might have seemed.               

                                                                ****

In the fast and dynamic everyday life, we often forget to show our children how important they are. Because of that, it is important that we never forget to hug them and remind them how much we love them, no matter what. The children are not white canvas, so we can paint them the way we want. Each of them is unique, different from all the others. Therefore, the task of this society is to instill understanding and acceptance of every single person around us, regardless of their appearance, race, culture or religion.

In short, this is the main message that everyone will notice when they read this masterfully written book. First Day of Unicorn School by Jess Hernandez simply enchanted me both as a teacher and as a parent, Mili’s emotions were almost tangible, the illustrations so gorgeous and appealing,and the story absolutely adorable. And the Unicorn School itself somehow inevitably brought to my mind the already existing education systems in the world. Systems that tend to tailor and change students in order to fit some pre-decided molds and criteria, rather than adapting the systems to embrace children as they are, with all their differences and similarities.

The very use of unicorns as a theme is extremely popular with children, which in the very beginning arouses interest to chose the storybook, the cover is attractive and interesting, and the content simply entices children to drink in every perfectly chosen word and every masterfully incorporated illustration. It leads children to see the differences between themselves and others, to get acquainted with the concept of uniqueness, as something beautiful and positive, and to develop critical thinking about the world around them.

The writing style is so perfect, simple, readable that any child of that age can understand it, and the story is so interesting and profound at the same time. Definitely a book that every parent should own in this modern time.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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