Title: The Lion And The Bird
Enchanted Lion Books
Word Count: 142
One autumn day, a lion finds
a wounded bird in his garden. The lion nurses the bird back to health. In the
process, they build a beautiful friendship, which saves them both from pain of
loneliness. When spring arrives, the bird rejoins his flock. Lion is lonely
once again, until the bird returns in autumn.
Story Element: Character
This gentle story shows a
loving Lion who through words and actions cares for a hurt bird. They become
dear friends. And when the Bird is ready, Lion quietly watches him fly away.
The character of Lion is akin to a parent caring for a child until one day that
child leaves the nest.
Dubuc’s warm illustrations
show a deep understanding of childhood and loneliness, but also have a musical
quality. “She plays with scale and negative space in a courageous and uncommon
way — scenes fade into opacity as time passes, Lion shrinks as Bird flies away,
and three blank pages punctuate the story as brilliantly placed pauses that
capture the wistfulness of waiting and longing. What emerges is an entrancing
sing-song rhythm of storytelling and of emotion.”
(Post #4 for the 14:14 Picture Book Blog Review Challenge created by Christie Wild of Write Wild. http://christiewrightwild.blogspot.com)