Both of my daughters love reading imaginative stories and playing pretend. When a story has a cute and cuddly animal to make the story come alive, they are even more excited and eager to read!
We recently discovered a book called Buffy Meets the Zoonicorns and the coordinating adorable plush Zoonicorn. What's a Zoonicorn you say?
Well, a Zoonicorn is a magical creature that is part unicorn and part zebra. There are four Zoonicorns, each one with a different color and different traits. Each plush is about 7" tall, with white and colored stripes, a tuff of hair on its head and tail, and has an attached tag with its name.
These cuddly pals were like magnets with my two girls. They cuddled them right away and couldn't wait to read more about them!
In Buffy Meets the Zoonicorns, a young bison named Buffy finds herself feeling restless in her zoo enclosure. She wants the freedom that the older animals have. Her mother sings her a magical lullaby to help her fall asleep. Buffy drifts off and dreams about a herd of Zoonicorns; magical creatures that are part unicorn and part zebra. There she is free and can play with the zoonicorns but she misses her family. When she wakes up next to her mom again, she is glad to be home and is more at peace.
I love the positive messages of acceptance, belonging, and contentment in this book! It is great for younger children from toddlers to more independent readers (about second grade). The illustrations feature soft, soothing tones.
The story was a little long to keep my toddler's full attention, but she eagerly played with her Zoonicorn while listening. My oldest is in Kindergarten and is absolutely obsessed with unicorns, so it was the perfect choice for us to read together (Plus our local zoo has a bison for a mascot, so she thought that was pretty neat too).