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The Lion Who Wanted To Love (Orchard Picturebooks) [Paperback]

Giles Andreae , David Wojtowycz
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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29 April 1999 Orchard Picturebooks

Leo isn't like other lion cubs. Instead of chasing zebras and antelopes, he wants to make friends and hug them. But can a lion who's so different ever fit in with the rest of the pride?

Learn how Leo's need to be different brings happiness to the jungle in this heart-warming story that little ones will love. This touching rhyming picture book, winner of the Children's Book Award, is a joy to read aloud and share.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; New Ed edition (29 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860399134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860399138
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Giles Andreae is the award-winning and bestselling author of Rumble in the Jungle, Giraffes Can't Dance and The Lion Who Wanted to Love. Giles is also the creator and voice behind Purple Ronnie. He lives in London.

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Book Description

Told in verse, the story of a brave little lion who sets out to prove that daring to be different can have its rewards in the end.

About the Author

Giles Andreae is the hugely successful, immensely talented author behind numerous award-winning children's books, including the bestselling Giraffes Can't Dance. He is also the creator of the incredibly popular Purple Ronnie poetry range. Giles lives in London. David Wojtowycz is a talented artist and designer. He divides his time between London and Berlin. Giles and David have collaborated on several bestselling picture book titles including Dinosaurs Galore!, Rumble in the Jungle, Commotion in the Ocean and The Lion Who Wanted to Love, which won the Children's Book Award in 1998.

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is actually all around 28 Feb 2004
This book is about a lion named Leo who didn't fit in with his pride, because he just wanted to look for love and make friends with other animals in the jungle. After he was forced to leave the pride of lions, Leo did his best to help every kind of animal in the jungle, but never asked for a thing. Eventually, he became the king of animals in a different way.
The lovely colorful cover of this book will catch your eye in the bookshop. The illustrations are animated and charming as if you were in tropical Africa. From the illustrations page by page, Leo's enthusiasm and kindness are obviously an important part of the whole story. And the most brilliant drawing is the one in which Leo's friends arrive at the bank and link themselves up tail to paw to rescue him. How smart this is!
However, in this book the thing which really moves me is the moral of the story. By means of the plot, Leo's unique way of thinking and his brave deeds deserve much praise. Although he didn't identify with his pride at first, he still knew what he really wanted. Most of the time we are taught that we are supposed to do something in a particular way. If you can't get your own convictions accepted, you will follow common concepts to live your life. Nevertheless, the ending of this book offers us a distinct way of thinking, showing us we can be what we want to be, and understand the most valuable gift in the world is love. As long as we can open our minds to accept the world, we will find much love, and we can make any dreams come true, even if they are achieved in a more difficult way.
This excellent book is worth reading as a bed-time story.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And the moral of the story is.... 19 July 2002
My 7 year old son introduced me to this story.
He produced it at bed time for me to read to my 4 children - 9, 7, and twins 5.
The poem was so fluid and easy to read. The moral story of Love and courage, shareing and careing was so beautifully told that i was quite moved by the end.
A delightful book to be read again and again by all ages!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A. J. Parkes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Mt daughters favourite book is Giraffes Can't Dance (Orchard Picturebooks) and this book was shown on the back cover, and she wanted it. It has not disappointed.

This is the story of a baby lion cub called Leo who does not want to kill animals, instead to love them for what they are. He is banished from the pride because of this. He sees 2 baby animals that the cheetahs are going to eat, and he rescues them by leading them to safety. He then nurses them back to heath. His mission is then to help any animal that needs help, no matter what they are. One day when helping an animal being swept down the river, he saves the animal from drowning but cant get out and is swept downstream to the waterfall. All the animals in the jungle come together to help Leo and pull him out the river. His family take him back because they realise that by helping others, he is a stronger lion.

A great story that is well written and beautifully drawn. This also has a great moral in that to be different and help people, and you will be rewarded by feeling good in yourself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lion who wants to Love 7 Oct 2009
I love this book and have given it as gifts to a number of children.

It tells the story of a lion cub who has no wish to fight and hunt other animals, but instead just wants to love them and be friends with them. His mother is worried that Leo will never survive in the wild if he does not learn to hunt for his food. Because he doesn't want to harm other animals he is told to leave the pride and so he goes off on his own and proceeds to make friends and live with the other animals in the jungle. He takes care of them and rescues them when they get into difficulties. Eventually Leo, with the help of his jungle friends, saves a young cheetah that falls into a river, and all the othere lions agree that he is a very brave lion and asks him to become their king, because he has so much love in his heart.

A wonderful story of how love can overcome all difficulties. The illustrations are colourful, lively and endearing. A great story with a moral that eaches children the benefits of love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the lion who wanted to love by giles andreae 27 Mar 2009
After receiving home from my childs nursery 'the giraffe who could not dan
nce, it charmed and entertained us in equal measure. I immediately came on here to find out other titles from Giles Andreae. I was hoping for a fun book with educational lessons. It did not disappoint!
It is a fabulous introduction to teaching pre-school children wonderful lessons in social morality and humanity. This is a book which I love to read to my child. I believe entertainment value is important to both parent and child.
I recommend any book by this author!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book adults will enjoy reading to children 16 Aug 2001
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I love this book as much as my three year old son. The illustrations are beautiful and so colourful and the words and story are lovely.It also conveys a good message/philosophy. We were bought this as a gift and we now give it where we can.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 1 Sep 2009
I bought this book after seeing one picture in a library. It was bought to be inspiration for a painting on a nursery wall but it became much more than that. The story is heart-warming and touching, with amazing illustrations that add to the story.

A fantastic book that should be shared with young ones and older ones alike.

PS thank you Amazon for replacing the book after there was a defect in the first one - amazing service and courtesy from the customer services team!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My son wants to read this over and over again! Lovely illustration as well.
Published 10 days ago by J Mayoh
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Published 1 month ago by Belinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story, love this book
My son loves it, its really new book
Published 2 months ago by j khan
5.0 out of 5 stars very moving and charming
it was perfect, ni=ot only for toddlers but also for adults who were reading it to their children. well done!
Published 3 months ago by susie
5.0 out of 5 stars We keep reading this book!
It's a firm favourite in our house. The illustrations are really captivating for my son, who was just over 2 when I got this book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by mjk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
A great lesson in Love for a young mind. A rhyming tale of a lion who's overriding instinct is to love and serve his jungle community.
Published 5 months ago by Miss Victoria Ranson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Read
The book arrived very prompt and well packaged. It is a lovely story about a Loving Lion who wants to help other animals instead of eating them - nice ending.
Published 5 months ago by Karen
3.0 out of 5 stars god book
came before estimated delivery date
grate gift for children of all ages
i gave this item as a gift they loved it
Published 6 months ago by nikki
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
I bought this for my 7 year old son as I am sick of taking it out of the library! He loves lions and this book is a lovely tale of a lion who didn't want to be like the others. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nicksy
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story.
This is a lovely gentle, simple story for little ones. The illustrations are beautiful and the themes are cleverly related.
Published 8 months ago by JLF
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