This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. I'm doing a double theme this year - one ABC book recommendation and one installment of my own ABC book. Catch up on my pasts posts, or enjoy today's -
I wanted to do The Underwater Alphabet instead of this one because The Unicorn Alphabet was only so-so. Unfortunately my library holds did not cooperate, so -
This book had good art and many interesting facts about medieval lore and superstition. Aside from a unicorn present in each illustration, however, there was very little about the unicorn itself and mythology surrounding it. It talked much more about the plants and flowers that were believed to have healing powers by the medieval culture.
A, for example, is for apple in this book. Instead of telling a story about a unicorn with an apple (does one even exist?), this book talks about Adam and Eve taking the fruit and how the fruit represents the same thing as a unicorn.
If you are a fan of unicorns, then you will probably enjoy the art. If you want to pick up some trivia about medieval times, then you might enjoy this book. But if you are just looking for a good alphabet book, then check out my other recommendations before considering this book.
My tangent today is about mythical tropes. But if you don’t care about my tangents, you can get right on the next installment of THE GREAT ALPHABET DISASTER.
U was under his Umbrella.
“I’m Baffled,” B said, “Why are you under that Umbrella?”
“I'm feeling Under the weather, and I Understand it’s going to rain.” U explained, sniffing. "Rain is Unkind to one's health."
“I Cannot Confirm nor deny that it’s going to rain.” C said, looking up, “There’s not a Cloud in the sky!”
“Expect the Unexpected,” U said. Then he sneezed.
"Bless you," B offered.
"Have you been Contacted by this letter?" C said, changing the subject.
U shifted his Umbrella handle to his other hand and pulled out a tissue to blow his nose. "Unquestionably not. Why?"
A answered, "It seems A letter has Absconded off with B's ball And K's key. J is Also missing, And S was Assaulted."
“That’s Unexpected.” U said, and sneezed again. “Not to mention Unlawful.”
"Bless you," B replied.
“Anyone come by here?”
“Unimaginable. Unthinkable. Utterly impossible.” U said between sneezes.
"Bless you," B repeated after each sneeze.
C was writing down every word U said in her notepad. Unfortunately, she kept including B’s words, too. “Quit Complicating the Case, B.”
“But -” B started.
“Have you been under the weather awhile?” A interrupted to ask U. Then A made silly faces at U, who had started another sneezing fit. B tried to “Bless you” after each sneeze, but finally gave up because he couldn’t stop giggling at A’s silly faces. U didn't notice once.
“Undoubtedly” U finally answered when the sneezing momentarily subsided.
C took down every sneeze and word, then put away her notepad. “Come on, then,” she said to A and B as she undulated toward the next page.
Unexpected twists on the way in the next installments of THE GREAT ALPHABET DISASTER.
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