Lilly and Her Unicorn Doll

Book 5

Children - Social Issues
32 Pages
Reviewed on 01/18/2020
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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.

Leiann Lynn Rose Spontaneo

Lilly and her Unicorn Doll by Aaron Chandler is all about friendship and being there for one another. The story is about understanding and growing up. Lilly and Amy are two good little girls. Each thought they knew everything about one another. One day, they were playing and new girl named Zoe appeared. Amy and Zoe became instant friends. Lilly did not understand and got jealous. So, she had a talk with her stuffed animal unicorn doll. After a discussion with the stuffed animal, she was able to understand that Amy was poor and Zoe gave things to her. Lilly’s attitude changed instantly. Lilly already had the best of everything and she had never thought to give anything to Amy.

In Lilly and her Unicorn Doll by Aaron Chandler, the pace is perfect to hold the attention of a child reader and is understandable to a child audience, especially in kindergarten. The action is good, as I personally would have never guessed that Amy was poor and Zoe gave her things. I thought they were being mean to Lilly as sometimes young girls do, such as a clique on the playground. The characters are believable, as often situations are misunderstood. Amy was poor. Lilly was jealous. Zoe was giving. The theme to me is of true friendship and being there for one another. The three girls ended up making a pact and being friends instead of being mean to each other in the end. A happy and educational ending for a delightful story teaching a worthy lesson.

Jacob R LaMar

Lilly and Her Unicorn Doll Vol. 5: Forgiveness and Compassion by Aaron Chandler is a 32-page story about a young girl named Lilly and her helpful stuffed unicorn. The story focuses on the main character Lilly and her friendship with another little girl Amy. In fact, the two were best friends and enjoyed playing and studying together. When the two girls meet one of their peers, Zoe, it isn’t very long before Lilly starts feeling left out and lashes out at Amy. In anger, the two decide not to be friends anymore and it's left to Lilly’s unicorn doll to help solve the problem. Will the two become friends again and, if so, how will Zoe fit into a relationship that Lilly feels only has room for two?

Aaron Chandler’s Lilly and Her Unicorn Doll is a cute idea for a story that is only made better by its bright artwork. The character arc is pleasant albeit unexpected at times and I enjoyed the supernatural nature the author gives to the stuffed unicorn. Isn’t it nutty when the smartest character in the story is a typically inanimate object? The artwork is simple yet effective and adds to the friendly tone of the book. Altogether, Lilly and Her Unicorn Doll is a pleasant read with a nice message and lovely illustrations. A reader who is a fan of any of those three things is likely to enjoy this book.