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The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc

The Lion and the Bird (2013)

by Marianne Dubuc

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This was a great book! I really enjoyed the story and the illustrations. It was fun to get to see the bird come back and visit his friend, the lion, as it truly made an impact on him becoming friends.
  Cara_M | Jun 12, 2017 |

A lion rescues a fallen bird and nurses him back to health, and the two become best friends, spending the days together reading and sledding down the hill during the winter! However, when the next summer rolls around the birds flock flies by and the bird leaves again to join them. Lion is sad when his friend leaves, but sometimes life is like that. However, bird returns the following summer to be with his friend again!

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This was definitely one of my favorites so far. I shared it with my girlfriend and she almost cried at the end. Just an absolutely beautiful story about friendship. Perfect for younger kids, with big pictures and minimal words. Some pages were pictures only. Highlights the morale about caring for those weaker than you as well. ( )
  JeffBunte | May 9, 2017 |
When a little bird falls injured at his feet, Lion bandages his wing and takes him in when his flock heads south for the winter. Together the leonine/avian pair spend the cold months together, daily becoming better friends. But when the spring arrives and the bird's flock returns, Lion knows he must bid his friend adieu. After passing a quiet summer and fall on his own, Lion is delighted when Bird returns for another winter together...

Originally published in Canada as Le lion et l'oiseau, this lovely picture-book was translated into English by the wonderful Brooklyn-based Enchanted Lion Books, which specializes in presenting foreign-language children's books to English-speaking children. The story is spare but affecting, capturing in its brief text the emotional life of Lion, who discovers the pleasures of companionship, only to be (temporarily) deprived of his companion. His joy, when the bird returns, is keenly felt by the reader. Marianne Dubuc's artwork in The Lion and the Bird is every bit as affecting as her text, with a judicious mix of full-page color spreads, and color illustrations on a white background. One or two spreads consist of mostly white pages with a single visual element - a crocus just blooming, a single note - that draws the reader/peruser's attention to forthcoming narrative developments, be it the coming of spring or the return of the bird. An immensely accomplished example of the picture-book, with text and illustration working seamlessly together, this is a book I would wholeheartedly recommend, to anyone looking for children's stories about friendship, or about the seasons, as well as to anyone who appreciates beautifully illustrated examples of the genre. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jan 4, 2017 |
Review: A lovely book about a lion who finds a injured bird, while tending his garden. He mends the bird who ends up staying with him through the winter and they become friends. But when spring comes the flock returns and his friend leaves with the flock the next winter, but returns to see lion to his delight. Comments: This wonderful book that was was written, illustrated and designed by the same person is a great one to introduce children to friendship, loneliness, and the seasons. The way that Dubuc has many pages throughout the book with just illustration and no words is a great way to show passage of time in the book. The use of two animals a lion and bird to tell the story is something I feel children will really enjoy and help keep them interested as you read the story to them. I think solid red for the end papers was a good choice, I think that choice might have been made a a connection to the two characters, they both have rosy red cheeks. I personally love it when a book is written and illustrated by the same person, I think it tends to make a better cohesive book. Not everyone can do both though, I can't even do one. ( )
  Viona1987 | Dec 3, 2016 |
A lion rescues a bird and helps him to recover, they develop a friendship. When the bird is well rejoins his flock, the lion is lonely. But come spring the bird returns and visits the lion.
  shep7 | Jun 4, 2016 |
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"A lion finds a wounded bird in his garden and decides to care for it through the winter. When spring arrives, the bird's flock returns. The bird goes off with its flock. Lion is sad. But autumn brings a wonderful surprise"--

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