BOOK TOUR: A Unicorn Named Rin


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Story by Crystal Z. Lee
Illustrations by Li Liu

The royal phoenix is missing from the Tang dynasty palace! Princess Pingyang is
worried. Can Rin the unicorn find Fan the phoenix? Together with her friends—dragon,
tiger, and tortoise—Rin embarks on a journey to mystical lands in China. Along the way,
Rin discovers the value of teamwork and the warmth of friendship.

A Unicorn Named Rin celebrates the wonder and beauty of Chinese history and culture.
This exquisitely illustrated picture book makes an ideal read for children 3-8 years old:
- Easy-to-read vocabulary enables confidence in early readers
- Whimsical illustrations encourage imagination in all unicorn lovers
- Storyline fosters dialogue around collaboration, empathy, and kindness
- Real locations in China make for an inspiring geography, history and cultural
exploration adventure

My Review

This is such a cute book. I know that my niece will have a fun time reading this book as well. She is five and at the point of wanting to read by herself. For the most part, she can do that with this book. There are some larger words that she will need an adult's help pronouncing.

I was drawn to this book because I am a fan of unicorns. Rin, may be the prominent main character featured in this story but she is joined by her friends.  All of who I just loved as much as her. Each one was different. There was a dragon, phoenix, and tortoise to name a few. 

This book showed that no matter our backgrounds and how different we are; we can all be friends and harmonize like Rin and her friends do in this book. A Unicorn Named Rin is a five star read that will delight young readers!

Quote from the book, which is a translation of a Tang dynasty poem from ancient China:

A good friend stays close like a neighbor, living in my heart.”

About the author...

Crystal Z. Lee is a Taiwanese American bilingual writer and avid traveler. She has called many places home, including Taipei, New York, Shanghai, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her children are very fond of unicorns. She is the author of the novel Love and Other Moods and the children’s picture book A Unicorn Named Rin. Follow the author on Instagram @ Crystal.Z.Lee
About the illustrator...
Li Liu was born and raised in China. She now resides in France. She is a highly trained artist who teaches art, and has been working with authors all over the world for over a decade. She is also the illustrator of the children’s book Her Body Can.


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