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The Lion, The Unicorn and Me Paperback – 3 Nov 2011

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (3 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407109057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407109053
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 0.6 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester and read English at Oxford, during which time she wrote her first novel, the Whitbread award winning Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. Tanglewreck, Jeanette's first novel for children, was published to great critical acclaim in 2006. In the same year she was awarded an OBE for services to literature.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. Dugdale on 30 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is such a new, interesting and beautiful retelling of the nativity. Rosalind Maccurach's illustrations really bring the whole story to life in a very touching and moving way. I can't imagine anyone child or adult not being affected by this book. It should rightly sit alongside Jan Pienkowski's Christmas Story as a classic book full of breathtaking images that every house should own and treasure.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Hilary Murray Hill on 4 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have always admired Jeanette Winterson but I didn't know she had done any picture books. This book is absolutely beautiful, and very moving and personal in its retelling of the Christmas story. I would definitely buy this for an older child or anyone who loves JW's writing, as I do. But I'm keeping this copy for myself!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Aug. 2010
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This book was very well reviewed when it appeared for Christmas 2009 but it seems to have gone out of print very quickly, and currently it still remains out of print. We had to pay a lot for our copy (in fact we bought the limited signed edition, which was only slightly dearer than the standard one), but it is an exceptional book and worth it - though I would not be at all surprised if it appears again near Christmas of this year. It tells the story of the first Christmas from the point of view of the donkey. It is absolutely not sentimental, but it is very touching and charming, and the excellent illustrations by Rosalind MacCurrach work with the tale and enhance it. The donkey is chosen over the lion and the unicorn to be present in the stable because 'if He is to bear the burdens of the world, He had better be carried by me', rather as in Chesterton's famous poem ('There was a shout about my ears/And palms before my feet'). It is the donkey's humble ordinariness that makes him both not 'special' and absolutely the right choice.

This is a well-worn theme, but Winterson really does make something new and original of it. It is partly to do with how she structures the story and partly because of her use of words. Bethlehem at census time, for example, is so busy that 'even the mice were renting their mouse-holes, and there were travellers hanging out of birds' nests, their beards full of twigs and old worms, and the anthills were full up, and the bee-hives had three families apiece and there was a man tapping on the frozen lake asking the fish to let him in'. It reads out loud very well and young children love it. Finally, Winterson does infuse her book with a genuine and not at all 'preachy' spirituality which seems absolutely right here.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Robert Maccurrach on 17 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was surprised and delighted by The Lion, the Unicorn and Me. For someone who is known for having had a difficult relationship with Christianity Jeanette Winterson has written a deeply spiritual and moving nativity story. The extraordinary idea of the incarnation is breathed throughout this fable. It is telling us something totally real and very wonderful. Our earth was visited and it makes all the difference. Rosalind MacCurrach, a newcomer, has illuminated the story with light and humour. Her glorious illustrations are very moving. I was impressed, for example, by the idea of placing the angel and the shepherds in a vast amphitheatre of the creation, the whole world. So right! This little book will delight children and all ages and be treasured for years.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. J. Casson on 24 Dec. 2010
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All my three children adore this book and talk of it as "their favourite christmas read". It is read every Christmas Eve and every time we share it I always feel close to tears and moved by it. It manages to deal with a very grown up (it even covers the birth of Christ in all it's physicality) and deeply religious tale in a very approachable sense with the humble donkey's view point taking centre stage. Do buy it and it will become a modern classic in your house as it has in ours.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeoffry on 11 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
The donkey wins an important job in the face of stiff competition. Even the lion and the unicorn were upstaged by the donkey with no claims of fame, fortune, strength, mystery - just the humble abiity to get on with the job.
The illustrations have depth and brilliance; they repay study for their intricate detail. The theology is there, love and mystery and the world turned upside down. And unlike all other nativity retelling, the birth is there in all its rawness and tenderness. The angels and the donkey trumpet with joy.
This book is wonderful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dominic conway on 28 Nov. 2012
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the book arrived on time in good condition. it is a lovely book. it is a joyous book. the best thing is once you buy it you can read it basically anytime you want
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Ludlow on 13 Jan. 2010
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What a gorgeous book! Lovely illustrations with gold bits - cute but acceptable. I loved it,
bought it for grandchildren and wanted to keep it for myself. I am always on the lookout
for a good Christmas book - for the past few years have been disappointed, but not with this
delightful little volume. I hope she does another one!
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