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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Lilly and Her Unicorn Doll: Forgiveness and Compassion, Book 5 is a social issues picture book for children, grades k-5, written by Aaron Chandler and illustrated by Vuttipat J. Lilly and Amy were the best of friends, who both studied and played together as a team. When Amy struck up a new friendship with Zoe, another girl in their school, Lilly was confused and upset. Suddenly, Amy didn’t want to do what Lilly did, and Lilly felt jealous when Amy showed off the friendship bracelet which Zoe had made for her. Lilly yelled at Amy and said she didn’t want to be friends anymore, but it made her feel so bad inside. Later on, Lilly confided in her Unicorn Doll and discussed what was happening. The Unicorn Doll filled up a bowl with soapy water and blew a giant magic bubble. He and Lilly got inside that bubble, and they traveled to where Amy lived. Then Lilly realized what a good friend Zoe was being and knew what she had to do.
Aaron Chandler’s Lilly and Her Unicorn Doll eloquently describes the emotional turmoil children may feel when their bestie, exclusive friendship seems threatened by a third person. It also addresses the sad fact that there are many children who do not have enough food, clothing or toys. Zoe’s empathetic move brightened Amy’s life while confusing Lilly and making her feel threatened and passed over. Her visit with her Unicorn Doll showed her what Amy’s circumstances were and allowed her to think beyond herself. This book is an excellent selection for story hour, providing a lead-in to a discussion about forgiveness and compassion. Vuttipat J’s illustrations are colorful and give depth and dimension to the story. Lilly and Her Unicorn Doll: Forgiveness and Compassion, Book 5 is highly recommended.