The Lion and the Bird

By: Marianne Dubuc

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.

ISBN: 9781592701513

JLG Release: Aug 2014


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Lions , Birds , Injuries , Friendship , Seasons , Saying good-bye , Reunions

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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

Spare text and eloquent artwork tenderly capture the true heart of friendship. It’s autumn, and Lion is working in his garden when he discovers an injured bird and bandages its wing. The two watch quietly as the bird’s flock fades away into the slate-colored sky. “‘Don’t worry,’” says Lion and offers his vi Spare text and eloquent artwork tenderly capture the true heart of friendship. It’s autumn, and Lion is working in his garden when he discovers an injured bird and bandages its wing. The two watch quietly as the bird’s flock fades away into the slate-colored sky. “‘Don’t worry,’” says Lion and offers his visitor shelter at his cozy home. A wordless spread shows the new friends sharing a meal, sitting in front of a roaring fire, and soundly sleeping (Lion in his bed, the bird nestled in his host’s slipper). Snow falls, outdoor activities are enjoyed, and winter passes in contented companionship. Spring arrives—along with the flock—and Lion, sad but empathetic, bids his friend farewell. “Sometimes life is like that.” The earlier illustration is re-created, and the bird’s absence and Lion’s loneliness speak louder than words. Summer sails by, and when fall returns, Lion, looking at sky, wonders, “And how about you?” Just when he gives up hope, he receives a joyful surprise. Dubuc’s charming, pastel-hued illustrations convey gentle humor and genuine feeling. The story’s measured pacing allows readers to discover and relish each emotional nuance. A lovely choice to share and savor.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal

Horn Book

[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 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

Book Details

ISBN

9781592701513

First Release

August 2014

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Fic

Trim Size

7 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Page Count

64

Accelerated Reader

Level 1.1; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD430L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Enchanted Lion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Lions, Birds, Injuries, Friendship, Seasons, Saying good-bye, Reunions,

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