Thelma the Unicorn By Aaron Blabey




Yes, yes, we know, it’s another Aaron Blabey book, but honestly, his books are so awesome, we can’t resist telling you about them.

This is another one my daughter brought home from school for me to review, which is testament to not only Aaron Blabey’s wonderful storytelling, but also to his bright and beautiful illustrations which have children reaching for his books on the shelves. In the real estate world of books, Aaron Blabey’s have excellent ‘curb appeal’!


Thelma, the pony, feels boring and plain and longs to be a beautiful unicorn. Her best friend, Otis, thinks she’s perfect as she is, but when she spies a carrot lying on the ground, she has the idea to tie the carrot to her head and pretend to be a unicorn. A delightful pink-paint-and-glitter accident later, and Thelma’s look is complete!

But is being an adored and famous unicorn all she thought it would be?

Why I love it:

In typical Aaron Blabey style, this book teaches a beautiful, meaningful message through fun characters and delightful rhyme.

I love that, after reading this book aloud to me, my 7 year old daughter said, “The message of this story is to just be yourself and not worry about what everyone else has, because being you is enough.” Yep. Love it!

Themes/ideas to discuss with your child:

  • Self-worth
  • Identity
  • Wishes and dreams
  • The concept of ‘Be careful what you wish for’
  • Friendship
  • The downside to fame and fortune
  • Acceptance
  • Contentment
  • Simplicity
  • Individuality

Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:
  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
  • Do you recognise the author’s name? Have you read any other books written by him?
  • Who did the illustrations for this book? How do we know this?
  • List three adjectives you would use to describe Thelma.
After reading:
  • Did you enjoy this story? Why/why not?
  • What do you think is the main message of the story?
  • If you were Otis, what would you have said to Thelma at the beginning of the story?
  • What would you have said to her at the end of the story?
  • Thelma had to deal with some pretty awful behaviour from people when she was famous, do you think this is fair?
  • The fans told her they ‘were allowed’ to chase her, what do you think about this?
  • Would you like to be famous? Why/why not?
  • If you were suddenly rich and famous, what would be the best part?
  • What would be the worst/hardest part?
  • Do you think Thelma was better as a pony or a unicorn? What makes you think this?

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