The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm Illustrated Chapter Book by Sybrina Durant
“The metal horned unicorns are doomed!” That’s what Lauda Lead Horn wailed when she first saw the tribe’s new savior. OK, so his horn was not metal. . .and he did not have a magic power. . .and he was really a puny little runt. But doomed? Were things really that bad?
Well, things were pretty bad in the land of MarBryn. Magh, an evil sorcerer utilized unicorn horns and hooves to create his magical potions and spells. Those he used, to increase his power and to conquer everyone in his path. All of the unicorns from the Tribe of the Metal Horn were now gone . . . except for twelve survivors.
Before the blue unicorn was born, Numen told Alumna, the aluminum-horned oracle, that he had a plan to bring the tribe back home to Unimaise. His prophecy was, “Only the blue unicorn can join with the Moon-Star. Until then, no new unicorns will be born.” Blue was the last unicorn born. Twenty years later, his horn was still covered with a plain blue colored hide. There was not a glint of metal to be seen on it or his hooves. And he still didn’t have any magic. But he was no longer scrawny and he had his wits. Though no one else in the tribe thought he had a chance, Blue felt ready to make Magh pay for his evil deeds. And he went off to do it alone. That was Blue’s first mistake. If the entire tribe was not standing horn-tip to horn-tip at the proper time and the exact place to help usher the Moon-Star Spirit into Blue’s horn, he would die. Then, the rest of the tribe would really be doomed.
Readers will follow along two journey paths in this book. Blue is joined in his travels by his mentor Gaiso, the Stag and his friend, Girasol the Firebird as they try to find their way across a danger-filled MarBryn to Muzika Woods. The rest of Blue’s tribe is forced to follow another route due to Nix Nickle Horn’s unfortunate incident with a Manticore. Nix, the great unicorn defender must safely lead the way for Ghel, the Golden-Horned unicorn; Silubhra Silver Horn; Cornum the Brass-Horned unicorn; Steel Horned Style; Cuprum the Copper-Horned unicorn; Tin-Horned Tinam; Dr. Zinko; Iown the Iron-Horned unicorn and the others in an action packed adventure to their destination in Muzika Woods. Both journey paths converge there in the Nebulium Circle.
This chapter book is a collector’s dream containing page after page of lavish artwork. It contains nearly 100 pages of story text by Sybrina Durant and the same number of pages of magnificent water-color illustrations by Dasguptarts. Each chapter is two pages long and each brilliantly colored illustration spans two 8 ½” x 11” pages. The reading level is suitable for up to 6th grade. Get the companion coloring book, too.
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About the Author
I’m Sybrina. . .. . .Just one of millions of wannabe author/singer/songwriters out there but I hope, after reading or hearing my books and songs, you’ll think my contributions to the world have as much value as any other famous artist out there today.
Fame is all in being in the right place at the right time but at least with the internet and venues like this, all of us have opportunities to share our creativity with the world. I’m so happy that I am able to share my works with you. That is awesome!
The books I’ve written span a wide range between illustrated picture books, coloring books and YA novels to technical and how-to books. If you’re so inclined you can read a little bit about the inspiration for each one below.
Once upon a time I wanted to be a writer more than anything in the world. I could tell stories with the best of them, so I just knew I could write well, too.
Funny thing about writing, though…it’s nothing like telling a story. I bet you’ve noticed that, too. I’d even go as far as to bet there have been times…plenty of them, when you’ve been writing along just fine, then suddenly, you hit a brick wall over how to describe the simplest thing.
25 years ago, there wasn’t anything much available other than Webster’s Dictionary or Roget’s Thesaurus and a couple of synonym and antonym books. So, I decided I’d start to put together what I was looking for, myself.
Those were the prehistoric days, before p.c.’s. Each bit of information I gathered was tediously placed behind index tabs in spiral notebooks…lots of notebooks and tons of tabs. It very quickly became a monstrous task. When I got my first computer, with Word Perfect’s word “search and replace” features, I felt like I’d finally arrived in the 20th century but the best was yet to come.
Word for Windows made cross-referencing all those phrases to all of their relevant categories a breeze. After that came html format, which which worked great for Microsoft user but Apple computers couldn’t open them. In the early 2000’s, I was able to create a fully linked version in PDF, which I called Sybrina’s Phrase Thesaurus Tool. Wouldn’t you know it, Ebooks couldn’t format links properly until recently so I couldn’t really make it available to the general public in it’s linked form. Finally, Epub files came along and have allowed me to share a modified version of Sybrina’s Phrase Thesaurus “Tool” with everyone. It works just like my original concept…find the category you’re interested and just click to jump to it. Read all the phrases in a category to get your creative juices flowing. Overcoming writer’s block has never been easier. Visit http://www.phrasethesaurus.com to find where to get the epubs.
You may have gotten to this page because of your interest in “Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit and the Fox”. Believe it or not, I actually started writing that little story in 1989! My children and I were shopping for a tie for my husband to wear to a very important “white collar” job interview. He was always a “blue collar” worker thus having very little opportunity to wear a tie. Consequently, at the age of 32, he was unsure as to how to go about tying the “dang thing” properly.
Laughingly, I mentioned to the salesman that my husband was going to have to call his father to get instructions over the telephone. At that point, the very pleasant young man whisked the tie, which he had helped select, off the counter and draped it around his neck. The kids and I couldn’t help giggling as the effect was rather humorous considering he was already wearing a suit and tie.
“Let me tell you a little story that is so simple even a child can remember it,” he exclaimed and proceeded to tell us about a little rabbit who was being chased by a fox. The whole while he moved the tie through the sequence of events as they occurred.
The story went like this, all inclusive, “There once was a little rabbit being chased by a fox. The fox chased him around a tree once. Then, they ran around it again. Then, the rabbit ran under a bush. Next, he jumped over a log. Then, he jumped into a hole and was safe.”
By the time the rabbit was safely away from the fox, the tie was completely tied with a beautiful knot. My children and I were delighted and couldn’t wait to get home to show their dad what we had learned.
Sure enough, we remembered the steps of the rabbit’s flight from the fox and related them to him. Within moments, he had tied a knot in his new tie that looked like it had been accomplished by an expert.
To make a long story short, he went on the interview looking like a true professional and got the job!
I’ve always wanted to share this story with the world and originally created the attached animated instructional song video, which is also available on Youtube. But what I really wanted to create was a family activity picture book where all participants could practice the steps of tying the tie with the rabbit and the fox as they read the book together.
And so, with the help of a fantastic illustrator named Donna Marie Naval, this little picture book was finally born and is now available in Kindle format and in print, right here on Amazon in English, Spanish and Tagalog!
Maybe you’re here because of Yarashell Abbily and Her Very Messy Room. Who doesn’t know a messy little three year old? Getting them to clean their rooms can be quite an ordeal at times. Yarashell Abbily is one of those little girls, whose room looks like quite a mess to her Mommy and Daddy. But to Yarashell it doesn’t look messy…in her imagination it is a wonderland. But rooms do have to be cleaned. Luckily Daddy, knows just how to get Yarashell in the mood for cleaning. Read this book with your child today. With it’s sing-song verse, it is a fun family read.
Here’s a little back story for the book—I have seven grand children. Four of them are sweet little girls. This story was inspired when I asked one of them, who was three years old at the time, “What is your very favorite thing in the world to do?” She looked up smiling and said with great enthusiasm, “I like to mess up my room!”.
That immediately inspired a song (which is available with that name on Amazon) and is on the book trailer video on Youtube.
A couple of years later, this book, “Yarashell Abbily and Her Very Messy Room” illustrated with adorable, nearly anime-like pictures by Sara Wilson came along.
Note:Yarashell Abbily is a composite name for those 4 little girls – Yara, Michelle, Abbey and Emily. Enjoy!
“1, 2, 3 Count With Me: Fun With Numbers and Animals” came about because I wanted a book to compliment the song I had already written to include on my youtube channel of counting books. I was lucky enough to find the most incredible illustrator. I absolutely love the delightful cuddly animals and adorable children drawn by Parbbonni and I know you will, too. I plan to do another book with her for learning the alphabet soon.
“Help Yourself” came into being because I found myself doing a lot of work on behalf of other authors helping them get their books out before the public. In fact, a search on my name will bring up many other books that I published and edited. Those books are not listed on my author page but they are written by Sandi Johnson, Britt Brundige, Gina Rose, Robert Wiltshire, and Leona Rice. In the book, “Help Yourself”, I included all of the knowledge I have gather in the past few years of self-publishing to share with anyone else who might be interested in self-publishing their own books. A special thanks to Christie Eilers for helping me edit this book.
My latest effort is “The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm. It is a book I started writing 30 something years ago and never finished. At the time, it was meant to be an epic fantasy along the lines of novels written by Tolkien, Piers Anthony, Ursula K. Le Guin and other amazing fantasy writers. I’ve pulled out my notes, dusted off the outline and began rewriting and expanding upon the 50 pages I had began. This story is now available as a Middle Grade Illustrated Book and will soon be available as anIllustrated Novel. All of the fantastic fantasy illustrations are by Dasguptarts. The companion coloring book, edited by Calyie Martin, has already been published. It will introduce potential readers to the myriad of characters, places and things in the novel.
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