The Stone Lion

The Stone Lion

by Bill Slavin
     
 

A magical, medieval coming–of–age story of a country boy apprenticed to a silversmith in a cathedral town. The boy misses his faroff home, especially his ailing grandmother. But soon he discovers the extraordinary stone lion atop the cathedral's bell tower, and, perched upon the lion's back, he can glimpse his distant village. On one suspenseful night,

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A magical, medieval coming–of–age story of a country boy apprenticed to a silversmith in a cathedral town. The boy misses his faroff home, especially his ailing grandmother. But soon he discovers the extraordinary stone lion atop the cathedral's bell tower, and, perched upon the lion's back, he can glimpse his distant village. On one suspenseful night, the boy learns the secret shared by the stone lion and his grandmother, and he travels to her bedside to comfort her on her final journey.

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"A beautifully told, beautifully depicted story of magic, love and loss."

-- Today's Parent

"Highly recommended."

-- Canadian Book Review Annual

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This is a story of a boy who lived in the eighteenth century when it was not unusual to be apprenticed and go to work at a young age. The boy, unnamed, is taken to the city by his father to be apprenticed as a silversmith. He misses his grandmother, with whom he had lived, very much and often remembers a tale she had told him about when she was young. From the small village where she lived, she would often look far away to the tower of the cathedral in the town and wish very hard to be carried off there. So, when the boy is lonely for his grandmother, he climbs the tower of that nearby cathedral and looks far off to the village where his grandmother still lives. When the grandmother becomes ill word is sent to him but he is unable to go to the village by himself. He climbs up to the cathedral and tells a stone lion about his plight. Suddenly the lion comes to life and flies him back to the village where he says goodbye to his grandmother one more time. The stone lion then flies the grandmother off into eternity. When he returns to his work in the village, everyone is talking about the disappearance of the stone lion. (I'm not sure about this one. Rather a strange, folktale kind of story)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780889951549
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
01/14/2003
Series:
Northern Lights Books for Children Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.51(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Bill Slavin was born in Belleville, Ontario and has been drawing since he can remember. He attended Sheridan College in Oakville where he studied Cartooning and Graphic Story Illustration. Bill has worked in and around the publishing industry since 1979, working for many years as art director/illustrator/layout artist for a small publishing house in the Ottawa Valley. After moving back to Toronto, he eventually illustrated a number of children's books, which is now his primary source of income.

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