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Teresa Bateman

Author of A Plump and Perky Turkey

29 Works 3,779 Members 110 Reviews

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Works by Teresa Bateman

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Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Moscow, Idaho, USA
Places of residence
Tacoma, Washington, USA
Occupations
librarian

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A serving girl named Tanisa mourns the fact that her childhood playmate Chris, the son of the terrible duke in whose castle she works, has grown as cold and cruel as his father in this original fairy-tale from author Teresa Bateman and illustrator Greg Spalenka. When a unicorn is sighted nearby, the duke and visiting nobles are intent on hunting him down, with Chris an eager participant. Sickened at the prospect, Tanisa remains in the woodland glade preparing lunch for the hunters when the unicorn comes to her. When Chris happens upon them, having returned earlier than expected, will he kill this wonderful creature, who only brings good to the world...?

I have read a number of other picture books from Bateman at this point, most of them original stories featuring magical creatures of traditional lore, but The Eyes of the Unicorn is the first title I have read with Greg Spalenka's artwork. On the whole, I was not very impressed with the book, finding the story rather too on the nose, in terms of the message it was seeking to impart, and the artwork rather unappealing. According to the information on the colophon, the visuals here were produced using pencil sketches that were then scanned and digitally combined with photographic, painterly and collage elements. However that may be, the end result just felt off to me—a little creepy, and not very enjoyable. There were elements to the illustrations that I thought were lovely, so I think I might have preferred Spalenka's paintings, without any photographic or collage additions. In any case, this is not one I strongly recommend, as I think both story and artwork are lacking.
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AbigailAdams26 | May 12, 2024 |
A fun trickster book for St. Patrick’s Day.
 
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sloth852 | 19 other reviews | Apr 11, 2024 |
Fiona is a young woman in an Ireland with no luck; the king of the leprechauns has taken it all and locked it away. Using her cleverness alone, Fiona tricks the king into a battle of wits and wins back luck for everyone. A classic tale of a human forcing fairness from the fairy kingdom not through strength or wealth, but by being sharp and cunning.
 
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KristenRoper | 19 other reviews | Mar 7, 2024 |
Rated "Good" in our old book database by Rod and Adelia
 
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villemezbrown | 9 other reviews | Feb 24, 2024 |

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Kelly Murphy Illustrator
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Lynne Cravath Illustrator
Will Terry Illustrator
Layne Johnson Illustrator
Jill Weber Illustrator

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Works
29
Members
3,779
Popularity
#6,705
Rating
3.9
Reviews
110
ISBNs
136
Languages
1

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