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The Tale of the Unicorn (Picture Puffins)

by Otfried Preussler

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Three brother are on a mission to hunt a unicorn and become rich from harvesting it's horn and hooves. There is a skinny brother, a fat brother, and Hans. Hans's other two brothers where then satisfied with their lives and no longer endeavored to hunt the unicorn. All that was left was Hans, so he continued to search. Eventually, he did find the unicorn but was so overwhelmed with it's majestic beauty, and he could not pull the trigger and shoot the unicorn.

This story displaced the value placed on morality in certain situations. Hans was truly satisfied, like his brothers, just by experiencing the unicorns presence, and therefore no longer felt the need to kill it. This book also displays a unique style of art that truly represents the essence of old century germany, which is ideal for teaching a class about different styles of art. ( )
  BarrettOlivia | Nov 19, 2012 |
In my opinion, this is a timeless classical work of art. I find that it should be recommended for young children who are just learning about folktales and fairytales because of it's length and the moral that hides behind it of abandoning selfish desires and motivations to do the right, noble and good thing in life. The traditional motif of three comes up in this folktale as well--three brothers, Hans eating the apple, stoping at the well, drinking water, walking through fire, wind, and ice. ( )
  nieva21 | Dec 6, 2009 |
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This is a good example of a folktale. It has the feel of being built upon a story that has existed for a very long time. It seems very additive. It also tells of the value of beauty rather than just money.
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  bsturdevant06 | Nov 15, 2008 |
Three brothers decide they will hunt the unicorn so they can be rich. The fat brother leaves the hunt when he finds a good cook to marry. The skinny brother later finds gold and decides to settle down in a town. The youngest brother continues on alone, finds the unicorn and instead of killing it gazes at it for years and then returns home. ( )
  angellreads | Jun 23, 2008 |
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"Just the thing for unicorn fanciers."
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Three brothers set out to hunt for the unicorn whose horn is made of ivory and whose hooves are pure gold.

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