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The spring that Trumpet was born, there were so many new foals in the pasture that almost no one notices there was a sassy little colt who didn't belong to any of the mares....
Fab Five phenom Carson Kressley brings us the story of a one-of-a-kind pony who learns that it's our differences that make us super. Whimsical black-and-white illustrations from renowned equine artist Jared Lee corral both humor and charm in this warm tale of a unicorn ...

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Overview

The spring that Trumpet was born, there were so many new foals in the pasture that almost no one notices there was a sassy little colt who didn't belong to any of the mares....
Fab Five phenom Carson Kressley brings us the story of a one-of-a-kind pony who learns that it's our differences that make us super. Whimsical black-and-white illustrations from renowned equine artist Jared Lee corral both humor and charm in this warm tale of a unicorn struggling to find his identity and place in the world.

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Publishers Weekly
Kressley, best known as the fashion stylist on TV's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, encourages readers to embrace their individuality in this chipper riff on The Ugly Duckling, set on a horse farm. When an orphaned colt with a snow-white coat and super-loud whinny (earning him the name Trumpet) arrives on the scene one spring, the other foals treat him like a brother. But as time passes and Trumpet begins to grow a horn on his forehead, the ponies ostracize him, whispering nasty comments like "Icky" and "Weird!" The ensuing painful loneliness leads Trumpet to believe that "Different is awful." A fire in the barn, however, proves an opportunity for Trumpet to save the day and demonstrate just how super it is being a "different" pony-nay, unicorn. Kressley's message-driven text gallops along nicely, accented by perky vocabulary and universal emotions (those familiar with the author can almost hear him say of the ponies, "In the fall they discovered scrum-diddly-umptious apples together"). Lee's (the Black Lagoon series) wiry black-and-white ink drawings ring both poignant and humorous notes. The small trim size makes this an attractive choice for sharing or gift giving. Ages 3-8. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A sunny, if formulaic, tale of the merits of standing apart from the crowd. As new foals are born in the meadow, one little orphan colt stands out: white coat, golden mane, and a whinny "so loud and so clear that everyone took to calling him Trumpet." All the other horses love Trumpet-until he starts to grow a horn. Then he is ostracized. Readers will hardly be surprised when a disastrous situation arises and the unicorn is invaluable-fire sweeps through the barn, and he uses his horn to unlatch the bolt and save his friends. If the story is nothing new, Kressley's telling is charming enough, though the occasional overuse of cutesy slang is jarring. The real treat of the book is the liveliness of Lee's whimsical black-line illustrations on cream-colored stock, with bits of white to highlight Trumpet on every spread.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416900702
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/25/2005
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,425,584
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Carson Kressley galloped onto the scene as a stylist for Polo Ralph Lauren in New York and then became the self-proclaimed "miracle worker" of fashion in Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which airs on Bravo. A magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Gettysburg College, he received degrees in finance and fine art. Carson is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Off the Cuff. He is a nationally ranked competitive equestrian who lives in New York City. This is his first book for children.

Jared Lee has been delighting young and old with his exuberant illustrations for more than thirty years. From magazines and national ad campaigns, to greeting cards and children's books, Jared's work has been enjoyed by millions. Jared is the illustrator of Mike Thaler's popular Teacher from the Black Lagoon series as well as numerous other picture books and beginning readers. In addition to his extensive publishing career, he runs a
company that sells T-shirts, mugs, and stationery dedicated to one of his loves — horses. Jared lives in southwest Ohio with his wife, P. J., and a huge menagerie that includes horses, dogs, cats, ducks, and bluegills.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2006

    Great book!

    This is the sweetest book -- a friend of mine gave it to her son at Christmastime. He as one arm that never developed properly and this book was not only nice for him, boosting his confidence, but for the other children: teaching them not to treat him poorly just because of his arm. Thank you, Carson!

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