Jasmine meets a unicorn who needs her help, hiding in the garden of her great aunt the wicked witch.
Soon she is on a thrilling mission involving ghosts, mermaids, a rather annoying fairy assistant... and a horribly hungry dragon!
A short extract from Jasmine's Unicorn ... 'Well, I certainly wouldn't say no to a sandwich or some carrots or an apple,' said the unicorn, flopping down on the grass between two rose bushes. 'It's been a long time since I had any decent food.'
Jazzy sat down on the grass as well, and opened her lunch bag.
As the unicorn ate, he told Jazzy his story. 'My name is Cloudgrass,' he said, sinking his jaws with a snort of delight into a Marmite and lettuce sandwich. 'In happier days, I used to live with my family and a whole herd of other unicorns in a beautiful place called Freer Garden. By the way, are there any more of those yummy sandwiches?' Jazzy passed him a salad roll, and watched in disbelief as he munched it with sighs of contentment.
Freer Garden, Cloudgrass told Jazzy, was a strange and magical land that floated somewhere outside the normal universe. There was just one gateway leading from it to the human world, and this gateway was in the cellars under the house of a rich old lady called Miss Peggy Fisher.
The unicorns used to wander back and forth between the two worlds whenever they felt like it, clip-clopping through the stone passageways of the house after Miss Fisher had gone to bed and squeezing through a window with a broken catch. One summer night, the whole unicorn herd had been out in Miss Fisher's garden, enjoying the fine crop of strawberries that they had found growing there. Tired but happy, they were heading home, when they heard a fearsome cackle of laughter. Miss Peggy Fisher was standing in front of the gateway to Freer Garden, pointing a bony finger at them. The gate was now blocked by a massive rock.
'You can keep your noses out of my strawberry plants in future!' she sneered. 'Off to the moon with you!' A beam of silver light shot from her finger, and as it zapped the unicorns, they disappeared from the earth and reappeared on the cold white hills of the moon. Only Cloudgrass had escaped...
A hilarious magical adventure for children aged 5-9 now available with full-colour illustrations
on the Kindle Fire on amazon.com at $6.07
and amazon.co.uk at £3.99.
And in paperback on amazon.com at $12.50 and amazon.co.uk at £8.99 with illustrations in black and white.
Read the first chapter
See the story as a picture slideshow
“Fiery Wands” Tarot now on sale as: a professionally-printed deck or hand-made by the artist
| “Airy Wands” variation also available
I painted these images on ceramic tiles, and now they form a fire surround in my home. The elephants were inspired by a figure from a 16th-century Persian bestiary. Click an image to view a larger version
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Latest additions to the site:
16 Nov 2015: Jasmine's Unicorn available on the Kindle
15 Aug 2015: “Fiery Wands” Tarot on sale as a professionally-printed deck
8 June 2015: Finished adding Airy Wands and Fiery Swords to Tarot deck
1st Feb 2015: Mermaid Reading
Hedgehogs Eating Slugs
18 Jan 2015: Glossy paperback book of Tarot artwork now available on amazon.com
29 Dec 2014: Great new slideshows
page with ALL paintings!
5 Dec 2014: "Cut out and make" do-it-yourself Tarot deck
12 Oct 2014:
A Tarot deck, all 78 cards now complete.
13 Oct 2013:
A Young Poet at St Pancras
The Zodiac (12 paintings)
Spring Singing Beginning
Darling Buds of February
Nov 2012 — Jan 2013: John and Jaz play chess
We All Went Punting
Puzzled Monkey Tree
Young Swan under Willow Tree
Red Sky at Night
Red Queen to the Rescue
Jan – June 2012:
The Four Seasons:
Jasmine's Unicorn and all artwork on this site including Tarot deck, (c) Sushila Burgess 2008-2015
Award-winning poem Primary (c) Jasmine Burgess 2013
Egypt slideshow, Greece slideshow, garden slideshow: photos (c) John Burgess 2006
Jazzy's Engines (c) Jasmine Burgess 2009.
Last updated 21st November 2015 by, as always, Sushila (Sue) Burgess
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