The Lion and the Bird
A bird with a broken wing recuperates at Lion’s house. “It’s a cold, snowy winter,” but it “doesn’t feel all that cold with a friend.” Then spring arrives. Full-color illustrations.
JLG Release: Aug 2014
Awards & Honors
Bulletin Blue Ribbon 2014, Picture Books; Booklist Top of the List 2014, Youth Picture Book; Booklist Editors’ Choice 2014, Fiction, Young Readers; Booklist Lasting Connections 2014, Language Arts; Booklist Top 10 Books for Youth 2014, Crafts & Gardening; The United States Board on Books for Young People, Outstanding International Books, 2015 Prek-2
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Book List*, The Horn Book Magazine*, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal
School Library Journal
Cover art of a pink-cheeked bird and the blue-overalled lion on whose shoulder it’s perched presage the affectionate tale within. Spare color-enriched drawings tell the story with minimal text: it’s autumn, and Lion is putting his garden to bed for the winter when the bird falls to earth from its migrating fl [STARRED REVIEW]
Cover art of a pink-cheeked bird and the blue-overalled lion on whose shoulder it’s perched presage the affectionate tale within. Spare color-enriched drawings tell the story with minimal text: it’s autumn, and Lion is putting his garden to bed for the winter when the bird falls to earth from its migrating flock. Taking it into his cozy home (fireplace, rocker), Lion makes his new friend a bed in his own slipper; for such winter activities as sledding, he carries it in his cap. Then, spring comes. The bird rejoins its kind: “And so it goes. Sometimes life is like that.” Lonely and pensive, Lion tends his garden all summer. When autumn arrives, he is overjoyed when his friend returns for another companionable winter. Minimal detail, gentle colors, horizontal brushstrokes across double-page spreads, and an ingenious use of white space—and even occasional empty pages (to indicate the passage of time)—contribute to the success of this inviting Peaceable Kingdom of a tale. joanna rudge long
7 1/2" x 9 1/2"
Level 1.1; Points: 0.5;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 0; Points: 0;