Ellen's Lion: Twelve Stories by Crockett Johnson

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Originally published in 1959 and out of print for two decades, this collection of very short stories chronicles Ellen?s relationship? complete with two-way conversations?with her floppy stuffed lion. Ellen?s temperament is a bit like Christopher Robin?s (though her appearance is a clone of Harold, from Harold and the Purple Crayon fame), but her lion is a no-nonsense, tougher-minded Pooh, with the voice of reason and reality to counter Ellen?s high-flying imagination. The stories range from fear of the dark and ...

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Originally published in 1959 and out of print for two decades, this collection of very short stories chronicles Ellen’s relationship– complete with two-way conversations–with her floppy stuffed lion. Ellen’s temperament is a bit like Christopher Robin’s (though her appearance is a clone of Harold, from Harold and the Purple Crayon fame), but her lion is a no-nonsense, tougher-minded Pooh, with the voice of reason and reality to counter Ellen’s high-flying imagination. The stories range from fear of the dark and being sad to playing doctor, being a fairy princess, and dealing with a new toy that almost replaces lion.
Parents will find the subtly droll stories as entertaining as children, and a child who reads chapter books will find especially rewarding.

Presents twelve episodes in Ellen's relationship with her toy lion.

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Publishers Weekly
Ellen's Lion (1959) by Harold and the Purple Crayon author Crockett Johnson, chronicles the conversations-in 12 stories-between an imaginative child and her stuffed animal. Johnson makes the most of his three-color palette, with scenes in pumpkin-orange, brown and shades of gray, all rimmed in his confident black line.
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Ellen and her stuffed lion have quite a relationship and seem to spend a lot of time talking to each other. Ellen is highly imaginative, while the lion is a voice of reason, a no-nonsense kind of guy...er, cat. The stories cover such things as fear of the dark, a new toy replacing lion, a fairy tale adventure, sadness, and everyday play. The dialogue is filled with somewhat sophisticated, tongue-in-cheek language; since this was originally published in 1959, some of it is a little dated and consequently falls flat. The illustrations, in Johnson's recognizable style, are timeless. Ellen's appearance and many of her concerns and imaginative play seem young. This may be a problem for some readers of early chapter books. While some of Johnson's books have become classics, this one doesn't make the grade. 2003 (orig. 1959), Alfred A. Knopf,
— Peg Glisson <%ISBN%>0375822887
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375822889
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/14/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST ALFRED
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.19 (w) x 8.63 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Crockett Johnson is best known as the author/illustrator of Harold and the Purple Crayon, the comic strip Barnaby, and the illustrations in Carrot Seed by his wife Ruth Krauss. He died in 1975 at age 68.

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