The Lion and the Bird

The Lion and the Bird

by Marianne Dubuc (Created by)


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592701513
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 99,996
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: AD430L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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.

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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.