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The Lion and the Bird Hardcover – Picture Book, May 6, 2014

4.8 out of 5 stars 162 ratings

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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

Product details

  • Lexile Measure : AD430L
  • Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
  • ISBN-10 : 1592701515
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1592701513
  • Hardcover : 64 pages
  • Publisher : Enchanted Lion Books (May 6, 2014)
  • Product Dimensions : 8.25 x 0.75 x 10 inches
  • Reading level : 4 - 6 years
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 162 ratings
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