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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Pretend play and the promise of positivity are behind the children's book Unicorn Dreams by Mary and Michael Schmidt, who offer parents a partnership through storytelling to take our youngest into a safe space where anything is possible. We are taken from our real-world beds into a land where unicorns fly, and nothing is too big or too small to take part in. Whether a child wants to fly alongside unicorns through rainbows with Cindy Unicorn, eat popcorn and watch a movie with Andy Unicorn and Davy Unicorn, chat with "The Man in the Moon," or toss sparkly soap bubbles and crystal balls that will never pop or break, all things are possible between the covers of this book.
Who doesn't love a book about unicorns? The slice-of-life bedtime pattern in Unicorn Dreams is a story without a story, and Mary and Michael Schmidt have written this as a concept book. Concept books like this have a clear objective, and the objective here is imagination, using the mythical unicorn as a vehicle to spur creativity. The unicorns are vividly described and illustrated in a variety of fun and creative scenarios. A couple of the pages do not have unicorns in them and show readers the unicorn stables, the moon, and a page with a butterfly, dragonfly, and mushroom. I like the message and the abstract art. I am comfortable recommending Unicorn Dreams even to adults who need a reminder that escapism is healthy and encouraged.