×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

The Lion and the Bird
     

The Lion and the Bird

4.4 5
by Marianne Dubuc (Created by)
 

One autumn day, a lion finds a wounded bird in his garden. With the departure of the bird's flock, the lion decides that it's up to him to care for the bird. He does and the two become fast friends. Nevertheless, the bird departs with his flock the following autumn. What will become of Lion and what will become of their friendship?

Note: some pages in this

Overview

One autumn day, a lion finds a wounded bird in his garden. With the departure of the bird's flock, the lion decides that it's up to him to care for the bird. He does and the two become fast friends. Nevertheless, the bird departs with his flock the following autumn. What will become of Lion and what will become of their friendship?

Note: some pages in this book are intentionally blank to represent snow.

Marianne Dubuc received her degree in graphic design from the University of Quebec, Montreal. She has created many different kinds of books for readers of all ages. She is an internationally acclaimed illustrator whose work has been published by major publishers in fifteen countries.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 03/31/2014
Dubuc (Animal Masquerade) tells the story of an intimate friendship with few words, light lines, and gentle colors. Gardening in his yard one autumn day, Lion finds a bird with a broken wing. The other birds are flying south, but this bird can’t. “You’re welcome to stay with me,” Lion offers. The two spend the winter together, dwelling in perfect contentment in Lion’s cozy, round-roofed hut. Dubuc makes the most of their disparate sizes. The bird nestles in Lion’s knitted cap as Lion goes tobogganing and ice fishing, and he sleeps in one of Lion’s fuzzy slippers. In the spring, he perches on a twig and gestures toward the other birds. “Yes,” nods Lion. “I know.” As the bird flies off, Dubuc draws the abandoned Lion from the viewpoint of the departing bird; a page turn shows him again, smaller, diminished, the paw that holds his hat hanging. He resumes his solitary life, but when autumn returns, he’s seen with his eyes closed, wishing. Readers will rejoice with him when the bird returns. It’s a remarkably moving, and—considering it features two animals—deeply human story. Ages 4–up. (May)
From the Publisher

Selected as the 2014 Booklist Editors' Choice Top of the List--Picture Book selection
Brain Pickings #1 Best Picture Book of 2014.
#1 Best Picture Book of 2014 for Smart Books for Smart Kids

“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 . . . A much needed antidote to the speed of the world, this picture book by French Canadian Dubuc is one to savor.” – STARRED REVIEW, Booklist

“The Lion and the Bird (Enchanted Lion, May 2014), is a tender and moving story of friendship . . . There’s a lot of emotion, Dubuc conveying a great deal with her soft lines and warm palette” -- Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

“The Lion and the Bird is ineffably wonderful, the kind of treasure to which the screen and the attempted explanation do no justice — a book that, as it was once said of The Little Prince, will shine upon your soul, whether child or grown-up, “with a sidewise gleam” and strike you “in some place that is not the mind” to glowing there with inextinguishable light.” -- Brain Pickings

“. . . full of subtle humor and drama that resonates rather than disappears. This is a friendship story full of empathy and beauty. . . . The clearly-rendered illustrations feature a muted palette that perfectly matches the tone of the story.” -- School Library Journal

“Dubuc excels at capturing emotions visually. The angle of Lion’s posture, with a single nuanced line for his mouth, evinces joy or sadness. White space—sometimes whole pages—speaks its own language of loss and hope . . . A sensitive, uplifting meditation.” -- Kirkus Reviews

“The Lion and the Bird is the kind of book that will endure time and bring hours of thought and conversation about friendship, diversity and seasons. It is simply a beautiful creation—and my pick for this year’s Caldecott.” -- 36 Pages

“It’s a remarkably moving, and—considering it features two animals—deeply human story.” -- STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly

“This is the kind of story that enriches your soul and leaves you feeling hopeful and happy. Both you and your child will want to linger over the pages and fully take in all there is to see with the beautiful illustrations.” -- Smart Books for Smart Kids

“Dubuc’s art is exceptional . . . A noteworthy picture book, this new title by Dubuc is charming and warm.” -- Waking Brain Cells

"Pretty much by definition, quiet books tend to fly under the radar. Some rightfully so, as the wick is turned down so low it struggles to keep from extinguishing completely. But then you have books like The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc (Animal Masquerade) – full of subtle humor and drama that resonates rather than disappears. This is a friendship story full of empathy and beauty." -- 100 Scope Notes

"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

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
As leaves fall from a tree, a lion in overalls works in his garden. When a hurt bird lands on the ground in front of him, Lion bandages his wing; when the other birds fly away, Lion welcomes the bird to stay with him. They spend the winter together, becoming friends. But when the other birds return in the spring, the bird flies off with them, leaving Lion sadly alone. In a series of wordless illustrations and vignettes, Lion passes the lonely but busy summer. When the leaves fall again, however, there is a happy ending. Dubuc provides stylized low-key watercolors and pencil shadings to depict the friends’ happy time together along with Lion’s solitary time in the summer. The sequence in which snow covers the landscape and cottage until the first buds break through the drifts and flowers return with the birds is particularly effective. This picture book is an atypical 72 pages in length. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz; Ages 4 to 7.
School Library Journal
06/01/2014
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
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-31
Canadian artist Dubuc delivers a quiet story that knits together themes of friendship and the circle of seasons. Working in his autumn garden, Lion hears a sound. An injured bird falls to the ground as its flock flies south. Lion nurses the bird to health, and the pair winters together in Lion's firelit cottage. "It snows and snows. / But winter doesn't feel all that cold with a friend." Spring returns, with flowers, garden sprouts and yes—a V-shaped flock. In a poignant scene, the now-healed bird gestures upward. " ‘Yes,' says Lion. ‘I know.' " Lonely, Lion consoles himself with summer pursuits: tending the ripening garden, reading, fishing. When autumn arrives with a fallen leaf, Lion, looking skyward, wonders, "And how about you?" Dubuc's pictures have a charming, naïve appeal. Against muted washes of brown, blue and green, colored pencils delineate Lion's home and garden in simple, rounded shapes. Lion's accommodations for his tiny guest will conjure smiles: The bird sleeps in a slipper and relaxes in a little box by the fire. For winter fun, the two toboggan and ice fish, the bird peeking out from inside Lion's balaclava. Dubuc excels at capturing emotions visually. The angle of Lion's posture, with a single nuanced line for his mouth, evinces joy or sadness. White space—sometimes whole pages—speaks its own language of loss and hope. A sensitive, uplifting meditation. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592701513
Publisher:
Enchanted Lion Books
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
139,817
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
AD160L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Marianne Dubuc: Marianne Dubuc received her degree in graphic design from the University of Quebec in Montreal. She writes and illustrates many different kinds of books for readers of all ages.Once she has sold lots of books, she will move into a crystal castle with 22 cars, her grandmother and a canary. Currently, she lives happily with her husband and children and enjoys busy, creative days. She has become an internationally acclaimed since 2010. Her book In Front of My House, has sold over 50,000 copies in 12 different languages and was a finalist for the 2011 Deutsche Jugendliteratur Preis.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

The Lion and the Bird 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
The power of friendship is what this children’s’ book is all about. The unlikely duo of lion and bird surviving the long winter together as the rest of birds flock flies away for the winter is portrayed in lightly colored illustrations. Lion finds bird as he’s tending his garden. Injured, lion bandages bird and before long, the two are warming up to a fire and sharing a meal. The snow starts to fall and with bird tucked away in a special opening in his stocking hat, the two friends get ready for a day of sledding and fishing. The winter continues and the friends stay warm together. Spring is in the air, birds flock returns and lion knows it is time for him to leave because “Sometimes life is like that.” Life continues for lion and as the pages turn, it is the illustrations and text that show that lion is content with his life alone. As the birds take flight again, to migrate again for the winter, lion’s looks up for he sees something familiar in the sky and “maybe.” It’s such a sweet and comforting book that could be read with just the illustrations. This book had more pages than I expected, it really helps with the passing of time which is important to the theme of the book. It’s a wonderful, comforting story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a true picture book with few words but a powerful story of kindness and friendship. Artwork is soft and gentle, perfect for the story.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
I loved this book when I first looked at the cover.  The soft muted colours that were chosen, the gentle spirit that was represented in the looks between the lion and the bird and the simplicity of the title made me eager to open the pages and once inside I happened upon a book that touches the heart.  A lion out tending his garden on a beautiful autumn day discovers a poor wounded bird.  Ever so gently he lifts the little body up and tends to its every need nursing it back to health eventually.  That journey of nurturing leads the reader into the most beautiful of friendships.  The lion through the course of a long, hard winter discovers the joy of having a companion to share his home and his love with.  Together they stay warm, share meals, and play throughout the continuing winter months.  That endless winter is bittersweet.  It is long enough for a special bond to occur between these two unlikely creatures and long enough for the little bird's wing to heal and experience total recovery.  Come fall when her flock flies over the little bird's heart pulls her away to join them on their migratory journey. Sadly the lion knows in his heart of hearts that she must go and he tries to continue on with his life which now seems meaningless and barren.  The author is a genius at using blank pages as pauses in the book to let the reader know the emptiness and yearning that fills the lion's heart as he misses his friend so much.  He tries to carry on as before but there is a void in his heart where that little bird had taken up residence that cannot be filled with his busyness.  He forever is looking up and wondering about his special friend.  Then one day........pause.........a single note........pause ..... is heard ..... and his heart starts to beat with happiness once more.  This is a story of friendship that is full of empathy, magic and beauty and draws you in until the very last page.  I highly, highly, highly recommend this story.