Ellen's Lion: Twelve Stories by Crockett Johnson

Ellen's Lion: Twelve Stories by Crockett Johnson

by Crockett Johnson
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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.


Author Biography: 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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Publishers Weekly - 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.
Children's Literature
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375922886
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/14/2003
Edition description:
1ST ALFRED
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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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