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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3—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

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*Starred Review* The intimacy of friendship, as well as the bittersweet sweep of time, is exquisitely rendered in this spare story of a kindly lion who rescues an injured bird flying south for winter. Many of the spreads are wordless, with the story being told through the mere depiction of a very few details: a home isolated in a snowstorm, a crocus popping up from a white bank, or Lion looking small on a bare page after Bird recovers and joins his old flock as it passes by again in spring. Just as with the seasons though, things that are gone return, and when Bird’s single note pierces an otherwise blank page, the signal is clear. Just as they did when Bird recovered, the duo are sure to spend a warm time together by Lion’s fire or in fun activities like sledding and ice fishing. The charming depiction of Lion’s home will delight sharp-eyed children, and the gentle pace of the story, which takes its time as surely as the plants in Lion’s garden take their time to grow, is reassuring. A much needed antidote to the speed of the world, this picture book by French Canadian Dubuc is one to savor. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Karen Cruze

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 160L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592701515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592701513
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Marianne studied in Graphic Design at Université du Québec à Montréal. She draws, but she also writes. Childrens books, and many other things. Since 2010, Marianne is represented by Véronique Kirchhoff of VeroK Agency. Together, they have published books in more then 13 countries.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
‘The Lion and the Bird’ written and illustrated by Marianne Dubuc is the story of an extraordinary friendship that no matter how difficult it was to succeed managed to survive all the temptations.

At the story beginning, one day in the autumn, a mighty lion will find a wounded bird in his garden. Her flock flew away without the unfortunate bird and therefore lion will decide that he should take care of the injured bird to help her to recover as quickly as possible.

They two will soon become friends and when the following autumn will come the bird will flew away with her species. Only to soon return to her big friend…

Dubuc in her book uses simple but charming words managing to convey with her words emotions and friendship that is born between these two unlikely friends. On the other hand the artwork found inside is also not too complicated successfully showing the passage of time while at the same time constantly deepening characterization of two main actors.

Therefore, ‘The Lion and the Bird’ is great children book for slightly older preschoolers that teaches kids that friends really can be found everywhere, even in places you would never expect.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nina on May 24, 2014
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This book is a treasure and *not* to be missed. Warmly and simply illustrated, Dubuc tells a lovely story of friendship with few words. A lion finds a wounded bird and nurses it back to health, knowing that the bird will take flight when he is well. The unspoken joys of friends that come in and out of our lives and the emotions of loneliness illustrated here are breathtaking. Grown ups enjoy this as much as children do. If you get no other children's book this year, let it be this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Storywraps on August 6, 2014
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I loved this book when I first looked at the cover. The soft muted colours that were chosen, the gentle spirit that was represented in the looks between the lion and the bird and the simplicity of the title made me eager to open the pages and once inside I happened upon a book that touches the heart.

A lion out tending his garden on a beautiful autumn day discovers a poor wounded bird. Ever so gently he lifts the little body up and tends to its every need nursing it back to health eventually. That journey of nurturing leads the reader into the most beautiful of friendships.

The lion through the course of a long, hard winter discovers the joy of having a companion to share his home and his love with. Together they stay warm, share meals, and play throughout the continuing winter months. That endless winter is bittersweet. It is long enough for a special bond to occur between these two unlikely creatures and long enough for the little bird's wing to heal and experience total recovery. Come fall when her flock flies over the little bird's heart pulls her away to join them on their migratory journey. Sadly the lion knows in his heart of hearts that she must go and he tries to continue on with his life which now seems meaningless and barren.

The author is a genius at using blank pages as pauses in the book to let the reader know the emptiness and yearning that fills the lion's heart as he misses his friend so much. He tries to carry on as before but there is a void in his heart where that little bird had taken up residence that cannot be filled with his busyness. He forever is looking up and wondering about his special friend. Then one day........pause.........a single note........pause ..... is heard ..... and his heart starts to beat with happiness once more. This is a story of friendship that is full of empathy, magic and beauty and draws you in until the very last page. I highly, highly, highly recommend this story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katherine W. on July 14, 2014
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The story is quite lovely. It values compassion and companionship, but even when the lion is living alone, he seems content and has a rhythm to his life. I don't mean to read too much into a children's book, but the feeling you get from the story is one of quiet contentment and enjoyment of life and friendship.

The illustrations do not disappoint. I bought this as a gift for a friend who is an artist and professor, and I was hoping the artistic quality would hold up to her standards. It definitely did. If, like me, you think introducing your children to aesthetics is as important as introducing them to letters and sounds, then you will appreciate the quality of this book.

I would recommend this for children of any age. Heck, I enjoyed reading it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Live Outside on January 8, 2015
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The power of friendship is what this children’s’ book is all about. The unlikely duo of lion and bird surviving the long winter together as the rest of birds flock flies away for the winter is portrayed in lightly colored illustrations. Lion finds bird as he’s tending his garden. Injured, lion bandages bird and before long, the two are warming up to a fire and sharing a meal. The snow starts to fall and with bird tucked away in a special opening in his stocking hat, the two friends get ready for a day of sledding and fishing. The winter continues and the friends stay warm together. Spring is in the air, birds flock returns and lion knows it is time for him to leave because “Sometimes life is like that.” Life continues for lion and as the pages turn, it is the illustrations and text that show that lion is content with his life alone. As the birds take flight again, to migrate again for the winter, lion’s looks up for he sees something familiar in the sky and “maybe.” It’s such a sweet and comforting book that could be read with just the illustrations. This book had more pages than I expected, it really helps with the passing of time which is important to the theme of the book. It’s a wonderful, comforting story.
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