Unicorn In The Barn by Jacqueline K. Ogburn and Rebecca Green
For early readers 8-12 yrs old, this tender tale does have a death, but also turns focus on endearing connections that can be made and how to move through these losses.
"For years people have claimed to see a mysterious white deer in the woods around Chinaberry Creek. It always gets away.
One evening, Eric Harper thinks he spots it. But a deer doesn’t have a coat that shimmers like a pearl. And a deer certainly isn’t born with an ivory horn curling from its forehead.
When Eric discovers the unicorn is hurt and being taken care of by the vet next door and her daughter, Allegra, his life is transformed.
A tender tale of love, loss, and the connections we make, The Unicorn in the Barn shows us that sometimes ordinary life takes extraordinary turns." - Goodreads