Enchanted Lions

Enchanted Lions

by David Greenberg, Kristina Swarner

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Publishers Weekly

One night, a girl named Rose is visited by magical lions with moony, almost human faces that "climb out of the sea." One lion, with a stringy yellow mane that resembles Rose's red hair, comes to her room and takes her flying through outer space, where they encounter dreamy, galactic creatures: "Past Pegasus, the horse,/ And all his herd stampeding;/ Past Pisces and her fish-kids,/ Gluttonously feeding." When Rose and the lion get caught up in a "cosmic suction cup" (a black hole), Cetus, the "mighty stellar whale," and a unicorn rescue them. They then return home to "that isolated beach/ Where every lion frolics now,/ A happy kid with each." Swarner's (Before You Were Born) fantastical shapes and the textural, surreal landscapes are so evocative that Greenberg's (Crocs!) text can occasionally feel gratuitous, though dashes of science and fancy lend the lullaby-like verse freshness ("They jump-rope crescent moons,/ Hopscotch asteroids./ They scamper and they frisk/ Through interstellar voids"). Imaginative readers should leave the pages wishing for a midnight visit from a lion of their own. Ages 5-8. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Rhyming verse tells of Rose, who lives near the ocean and has a blossoming pear tree outside her window. When lions climb out of the waves, Rose climbs on the back of one of them and has a nighttime fantasy trip around the galaxy. "The lion and his Rose/ Swoop through outer space,/ Past the giant rafters/ Holding everything in place." Cetus, the whale, saves Rose, the lion, and a unicorn from being vacuumed up by a black hole. In the end the cozy looking lion and Rose rub noses, the lion purrs, Rose scratches behind his ears, and the lions return to the sea. Rose goes peacefully to sleep. Pear blossoms, stars, comets, and lights shine out against the dark blue background. Children will enjoy the freedom of imagination in this fun journey into outer space. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal

K-Gr 4

It's nighttime, and young Rose looks out her window toward the ocean. "Enchanted lions climb out of the sea/And shake their manes to dry./They caper and slap,/Snarl and purr./They nuzzle and nip/And lazily lick each other's fur." She makes friends with one of them, and soon she is riding on his back high in the sky among the stars. The rhyming quatrains contain some memorable imagery: "The blossoms of a pear tree/Suddenly rustle and sigh." Beautiful illustrations display shooting stars and dramatic visualizations of the constellations. Rose's radiant red hair and the lion's vibrant golden figure glow against the deep blue sky and serene green sea. There is a lovely picture of Rose and her lion hugging. The creature's golden mane may remind readers of William Pene Du Bois' fanciful depiction of the regal beast in Lion (Viking, 1956; o.p.). The illustrations are lovely, but the text is a bit slow in engaging readers in this adventure in the sky.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA

Kirkus Reviews
When the "sea is a maze of swirls" and the "night is ablaze with pearls," Rose opens her shutters and discovers enchanted lions rising from the ocean to cavort on the sand. As one of the enchanted lions bounds into her room, Rose fearlessly climbs on his back and they "swoop through outer space," past constellations Pegasus and Pisces. Racing with the unicorn Monoceros, they "jump-rope crescent moons, hopscotch asteroids" and are rescued from a black hole by the stellar whale Cetus. Safely back home, Rose and her enchanted lion rub noses before she tucks in for the night with her kitty. Greenberg's cadenced, rhyming text relies on images of "cosmic suction cups," "giant rafters holding everything in place" and "interstellar voids" to convey galactic timelessness and enormity. Using simple forms washed with the perfect palette of grainy midnight blues, sea greens and tawny yellows, Swarner's luminous illustrations highlight Rose's freeform romp with her very cuddly lion across a glorious star-studded cosmos of double-page spreads. An enchanting bedtime caper. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Meet the Author

David T. Greenberg lives in Portland, Oregon. The inspiration for this text came from Henri Rousseau's Sleeping Gypsy.

Kristina Swarner lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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