Thelma the unicorn

Aaron Blabey

Aaron Blabey

Scholastic Press


ISBN 9781743625804

RRP $16.99

Age 3+

Date of publication February 2015

Reviewer Neville Sandon

“If only I could be different! I’m not perfect! I want to be something, someone different, anything but me!”  Poor Thelma, rather than a beige pony, she wanted to be a pink unicorn. It’s all about packaging – she wanted bling to go with that. Pink and sparkly! Envy has no reason and will not listen to fair reason

Her friend Otis the donkey likes her just the way she is. Thelma is not persuaded. And the lengths she goes to – she ties a carrot to her nose – and then with crossed fingers (oops crossed hooves) she awaits the miracle transformation. What she wishes for in envy and what she gets in reality is an awakening.  A totally unexpected incident occurs and how overnight a young pony’s life changes. But does it change for the better?

In the end the little story delivers a great big message. Enviers only envy the people they can’t be and the things they can’t have. Donkey with love sees through a telescope, the beige pony with envy looks into a microscope.

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