The Lady and the Unicorn (Hardcover)

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By Béatrice Fontanel, Vanessa Hié (Illustrator)
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Inspired by the Unicorn Tapestries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, this is a phenomenally illustrated AND educational book about art history, magic, and all of the qualities that makes a good fairytale. The back matter is amazingly detailed and a fun read for future artists or art historians!


— From The Lady & the Unicorn


Gallop into the mythical world of this beautifully illustrated and educational picture book adventure about love, magic, and art history, inspired by the Unicorn Tapestries held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Cluny Museum in Paris.

The Lady and the Unicorn invites young readers into an enchanting tale of a unicorn who must outsmart a lord and his huntsmen. When the unicorn finds his way into a secret garden in the forest, he discovers a young lady who just may have powers more magical than his own.

Children will be drawn in by the vibrant illustrations and captivated by the detailed scenes of the unicorn and his forest friends and foes. Parents will love how the book connects the illustrations to the symbols and meanings of the original Unicorn Tapestries, which were created in the Middle Ages. Kids and adults alike are sure to return to this beautifully illustrated and engaging story again and again.

About the Author

Béatrice Fontanel lives in Montparnasse, a neighborhood in Paris, France and has a podcast series called Imaginary Walks.

Vanessa Hié is an illustrator for the Prestel Children's Books series Inspired by Famous Artworks, including Three Musicians (Pablo Picasso), The Mermaid and the Parakeet (Henri Matisse), and The Color of the Night (Paul Gauguin). She lives in Paris.

Praise For…

"This rendition of The Lady and the Unicorn is alive and relatable, reaching out to us from 500 years ago, and the reader will want to know more, they will want the story to continue, they will want to maintain a connection."
-- New York Journal of Books

"A lovely fairy tale for both young and older readers that calls to art history and the power of a well done tapestry."
- TA and Kids' Book Central

Product Details
ISBN: 9781648961236
ISBN-10: 1648961231
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication Date: March 15th, 2022
Pages: 48
Language: English