The First Unicorn

The First Unicorn

Aden is bestowed a gift of gold that transforms his entire life.

Almost everyone knows what a unicorn is, but do you know where they came from? Who was the first unicorn? How did he get his golden horn?

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About the Book

The First Unicorn book by author Kathleen J. Shields

Almost everyone knows what a unicorn is, but do you know where they came from? Who was the first unicorn? How did he get his golden horn? And why did others follow in his footsteps?

Aden is a young horse, who believes that giving of his time and gifts is the best way to share hope in the world. One evening, he is visited by an angel who bestows a gift of gold upon his forehead, “You cannot see or spend it.  It’s for others to behold.” Yet, when he returns home that evening, the herd sees the horn as a weapon and chases him away.

Sad but not discouraged, Aden continues to help and care for others. However, when his mother gets injured, he discovers his horn can perform miracles. It was that first miracle that softened the hearts of the others and inspired them to lead a God-filled life as well.

This story is about love, acceptance, kindness and giving. It is the story of the First Unicorn and how God’s creation would succeed at greatness.

“Anything is possible if love is what you choose. Miracles can happen if you share the good news.”


The First Unicorn book by author Kathleen J. Shields


Series: The First Unicorn
Genres: Children's, Christian, Inspirational
Tags: Award-Winning Books, Children: Ages 4-7 Years, Religious / Inspirational
Publisher: Erin Go Bragh Publishing
Publication Year: 2023
Format: HB | PB | ebook | audiobook
Length: 50 pages
Narrator: Kathleen J. Shields
Illustrator: Aashay Utkarsh
ISBN: 9781956581232
List Price: 19.95
eBook Price: 4.99
How the first unicorn got his horn. A young colt named Aden was different to all the other horses. He liked to do good deeds, give to others, and bring good cheer. One day, after helping a nest of baby birds who were being hunted by a wild cat, Aden was approached by an angel. The angel told Aden that God had been watching him and was impressed by his kind actions. God gifted Aden a golden horn, on the condition that he shares his gift with others. But when Aden went to tell his herd of his extraordinary gift, they were not pleased. They thought the horn could be used as a weapon against them, and they chased him away. Aden traveled for miles and finally settled in a new home deep in the woods, where he shared his gift with all the woodland creatures. With his new horn, he helped a trapped turtle escape from a cavern, and an injured hedgehog who was unable to gather food. Aden was happy in his new home, giving and helping others. But one day, Aden learns that his mother has been severely injured by a wolf. He returns home to his herd and prays to God to perform a miracle. God answers his prayers, and his mother recovers from her injuries. The herd, keen to learn from Aden’s miracle, soon become a herd of unicorns, sharing Gods word. The First Unicorn by Kathleen J. Shields is a thought-provoking Christian graphic novel for middle grade readers. Partly inspired by the movie ‘The Last Unicorn,’ Shields tells the story of the first unicorn and how the horn was a gift from God for demonstrating love, kindness, and goodness. Beautifully written in rhyme, with charming illustrations and an endearing protagonist, this book is a great way to engage younger children in conversations about faith. Overall, an enchanting story that explores the origins of the mythical creature that has captured the human imagination for centuries. The book will appeal to Christian readers, and anyone with an interest in these beautiful, mythical creatures.
The PenCraft Seasonal Book Awards recognizes books of remarkable literary quality, artistic excellence, and popularity with its readers. The First Unicorn exemplified these criteria as a winner in the Children - Christian Books genre.
Aden, a young horse, possesses an inherent tendency for generosity, dedicating his days to acts of kindness and service to others. In a herd more preoccupied with self-interest, Aden stands out as an exception, extending aid, gathering flowers, and uplifting his mother's spirits. The narrative unfolds intriguingly as a mysterious messenger bestows upon Aden a gift that illuminates his role as a selfless and caring individual. Yet, the crucial question arises: how will Aden's newfound gift be received by his peers? As the storyline progresses, Aden must muster his internal fortitude to uphold his convictions, navigating the challenges that lie ahead. Kathleen J. Shields' The First Unicorn is an exploration of individuality and self-discovery. Aden, a protagonist distinguishable by his dissimilarity, grapples with the ostracism that readers of all ages can instantly relate to. In this journey, however, Aden emerges as an emblem of tenacity, exemplifying the mantra of 'being the change' and illuminating his surroundings with benevolence, regardless of societal perceptions. The narrative's poignancy is further accentuated by the splendid visual elements crafted by the adept hand of illustrator Aashay Utkarsh. The vibrant hues employed in the illustrations blend harmoniously with the narrative's optimistic undertones, amplifying the portrayal of authenticity and self-acceptance. The First Unicorn champions the concept of self-discovery amid misunderstanding—a parable of courage and persistence. The story is interwoven with valor, optimism, and authenticity themes. It is a testament to the unyielding spirit of faith, the miraculous, and the embrace of one's unique identity, culminating in an inspirational account that resonates across generations.
The First Unicorn by Kathleen J. Shields is a delightful faith-filled tale of how the first unicorn came to be. Long ago, in a faraway land, a herd of horses lived out their lives in a mundane cycle of eating and sleeping. While most of the horses in the herd go about their dreary lives just eating, a young colt named Aden fills his time giving to others, having fun, and doing good deeds. He rescues the weak and comforts the lonely. His actions and care for others eventually result in a gift from God – a beautiful golden horn! But that’s when Aden’s troubles really start. Will Aden find a way to help others when his new appearance frightens even those who know him well? The First Unicorn by Kathleen J. Shields is a heartwarming story of the first unicorn. Each page is beautifully illustrated by Aashay Utkarsh and complements the poignant poem contained in this early reader treasure. Short footnotes define difficult or unfamiliar words, and the reading level of this book ensures that elementary-age children will enjoy reading it to themselves. It’s liberally laced with faith and encouragement to children to do the right thing, even when it’s hard. The pacing is perfect, and the plot is engaging. Aden is a delightful character, and who doesn’t like stories about horses and unicorns? At 50 pages, it is a swift read with an engaging storyline and an eternal message. Perfect for young Christian readers and fans of fantasy, unicorns, and faith!
The story is about the importance of showing unconditional love, empathy, and kindness to others, and how these virtues can contribute towards making the world a better place for everyone. I read this to my students and was able to engage them in some meaningful discussion. I would recommend the book to other teachers and parents.
– Stephanie Chan
I read this book aloud to my youngest granddaughter, and she loved it. The illustrations are colorful and eye-catching, and the story is one of faith, of kindness, and love. It's a message the world can use, but especially our children. When a young horse, Aden, is rejected from his herd for his kind heart and loving gestures, he embarks on an adventure that brings him great joy and a beautiful gift. While this is a children's book, it's an excellent read for all ages! I highly recommend it.
– Jan Sikes
A heartwarming children's book that teaches valuable lessons about love, kindness, and the power of miracles. Aden, a young horse, receives a golden horn from an angel, but when the herd misunderstands its purpose, he faces rejection and loneliness. Undeterred, Aden continues to spread hope and help others, discovering the miraculous abilities of his horn along the way. This enchanting tale beautifully illustrates the importance of accepting and embracing our unique gifts, as well as the impact of selflessness and compassion on those around us.
– Abigail L. Atlanta Public Library System
A delightful children's book that left me teary-eyed and inspired. Aden, the adorable young horse, is the epitome of kindness and love, and his story touched my heart. When he receives a mysterious golden horn from an angel, I couldn't wait to see what would unfold. The way Aden faces rejection but never loses hope is a lesson we can all learn from. It's a tale that encourages us to embrace our uniqueness and always strive to help others, no matter the challenges we face.
– Sue E.
"I probably should have read the blurb more carefully, but this book was not quite what I had expected. I anticipated a fairytale-type story - Angels included - about how the first Unicorn came into being. But it turned out to be a Bible-inspired take. Be that as it may, I am sure this book will appeal to Christian parents and their children. For me, it was slightly repetitive in its messaging, and Aden came across as a bit of a goody two-shoes. But its fundamental messages about kindness and helping others is a very valuable one. And the illustrations are really cute. So if the biblical aspect also appeals, you should go ahead and get this book."
– Ghuznavi
This is a children's book that overlays the love, kindness and generosity of Biblical themes with Shield's messages in The First Unicorn. At first we are introduced to a normal herd of horses, beautiful as individuals but only in that. One particular yearling is more loving and giving than the others, and those attributes cross species as well. After some time, God takes note of that and sends an angel down to tell him He is gifting the yearling with gold that can't be seen, but to tell the yearling that his love, helpfulness and kindness hasn't gone without God's notice. From that day on he has a golden unicorn atop his head. The herd of horses thinks him strange, and kicks him out. As he races away with his feelings hurt, because, after all his mother was a member of the herd as well, the unicorn catches on it tree limbs. Weary and thirsty, he sits beside a lake, and for the first time, sees his beautiful reflection in the water. He spends most of the rest of the book helping different species get out of bad situations. Finally, toward the end, when his mother is gravely wounded by a wolf, the herd comes to tell him to come tell her his final goodbyes, and that's where God grants him a miracle and saves her life. Some of the horses listen to him espouse God message after that, and some do not, just as it is in the Bible. I would recommend the book to all young people, God "fearing" or not. It has some wonderful kindness, love and generosity values to guide young people beyond the bullying phases of childhood.
– Peggy Marceaux
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About the Author
Kathleen J. Shields

Kathleen J. Shields is an award-winning author having won First Place Best Educational Children’s Series from the Texas Association of Authors for “The Hamilton Troll Adventures”. The Hamilton Troll series is educational and inspirational, teaching young children social skills, animal characteristics and how to handle real-life situations.

While awaiting illustrations, Shields’ writes chapter books for Tweens. While still infusing education into each story, Kathleen endeavors to entertain young readers, igniting a desire to read that will span a lifetime.

Shields’ also runs a website and graphic design company called Kathleen’s Graphics. She designs colorful, eye-catching websites, logos and advertisements for businesses and authors. She enjoys being challenged to learn new things.

Additionally, Kathleen writes an inspirational and educational blog regarding her endeavors as an author as well as a business woman and Christian. Her views are always light-hearted and thought-provoking and are intended to get the reader thinking.

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