Unicorn Dreams


Children - Picture Book
30 Pages
Reviewed on 10/12/2021
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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.

Joe Wisinski

Unicorn Dreams by Mary and Michael Schmidt is a picture book for young children. The authors intend their book to be a means for children to learn how to pretend play. They say imaginative play increases children’s creativity, improves their thinking skills, and helps them learn to interact with others. As the title implies, the book centers around unicorns, including their multi-colors, ability to fly, and food. Most of the book’s pages include a question directly addressed to the child who is having the book read to them. Mary Schmidt created the book’s artwork. In addition to Unicorn Dreams, Mary and Michael Schmidt have written numerous other books for children, sometimes under the pen names of S. Jackson and A. Raymond.

Unicorn Dreams is a charming book for young children. Choosing a mythical creature for a book about pretend play was wise. Children can’t help but use their imaginations while reading the book or having it read to them. Authors Mary and Michael Schmidt ask creative and thought-provoking questions, thus making it easy to get the child reader involved. The artwork is beyond beautiful and helps get the book’s message across. The book reaches the goal the authors set to help children learn how to pretend, and I’d recommend it for any child. Parents and grandparents will also enjoy reading Unicorn Dreams to their children and grandchildren. I’d also suggest that parents and grandparents search for the authors’ other books.