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The Lion and the Unicorn [Paperback]

Shirley Hughes
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Book Description

7 Sep 2000
As Lenny's father goes off to fight in the second world war he gives his son a brass badge with a lion and a unicorn on it. Lenny keeps it with him when bombs are dropped on his street and when he has to be evacuated to a big house in the country. He misses his parents a great deal and the other children there and at school are spiteful in teasing him. But he finds a secret walled garden to escape to with a stone unicorn. Here he meets the wounded soldier Mick and learns again how hard it is to be brave. It is the unicorn who finally rescues him from his sadness and loneliness and proves itself to be his guardian angel by bringing his mother to him.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition (7 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099256088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099256083
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shirley was born in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. She illustrated other writers' work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards's My Naughty Little Sister series. Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young.

Her first book - Lucy and Tom's Day - was published in 1960, and she followed it with, among others, Dogger and the Alfie series. Shirley Hughes has won the Other Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration twice, for Dogger in 1977 and for Ella's Big Chance in 2003. In 2007 Dogger was voted the public's favourite Greenaway winner of all time. Shirley received an OBE in 1999 for services to Children's Literature.

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"No one can match Shirley Hughes in the siple mastery of both words and pictures" (Times Educational Supplement)

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This powerful story about a young child's wartime experiences is told with the enthralling illustrations of one of the best-loved children's authors, Shirley Hughes.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By E. Heckingbottom TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I recently bought this book to add to my classroom library with a view to looking at the effects of the Second World War on children. Although year 6 children usually consider themselves 'above' picture books; this (along with the equally beautiful Rose Blanche) has to be an exception. this is not a picture book for young children - it is that rare thing; a picture book aimed at 9 year olds and above. (Children younger than that would find the content disturbing and hard to understand.)

The illustrations, typical of Shirley Hughes, are wonderful; and the story line is great, helping to clarify the children's insight into life during the Second World War. The child's emotions are captured well, and the story is very well written. I shall be using it to begin our mini unit on evacuation, and I'm sure it will help the children to understand better what life was like then.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shirley Hughes - as good as ever1 10 Sep 2002
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A children's picture/story book suitable for all juniors. The book can easily lead into discussion with older children and be a 'story with a happy ending for the little boy' with younger ones.Ideal for study of evacuation during WWII (KS2) - not too long, a 'quick read' out loud. Contrasts in lifestyle/emotions/friendship/bullying are all issues raised. Wonderfully believable characters and delightfully evocative illustrations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read for kids of varying ages 4 Jan 2010
This is a beautifully illustrated book which I bought for my 8 year old son. It touches on a range of subjects that remain important for kids of many ages; being the odd one out at school, missing family, and above all the inner strength and braveness inside us all. It also touched on the human tragedy of war without being overly gruesome, which I felt was important as my son loves playing at being a soldier etc and this helped him to see war from a different and more serious perspective. We have had several interesting talks about these and other themes which arise in the book, and I would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 15 Sep 2009
This is a really brilliant book to use with children of primary school aged. I am using this story for our World War 2 topic - whereby children look at a historical setting. It is really good for children to compare their lives with lives of children during WW2. The images are really effective.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read for younger children 16 Jun 2005
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A moving story about a boy who's been evacuated and misses his Mum. The book was really helpful for people studying WWII. It has excellent pictures for young children, that are very detailed and have a magical feel. It shows how evacuees felt in the WWII.
Its a favourite with young children and older children will really relate to it. I think it would be good for people/teachers who want to talk about bullying and many other different issues.
The book is generally the right length but I would suggest reading it in two sittings. Few sentencecs on each page mean that younger children would also enjoy it.
Overall, it is a decent book for a variety of ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 13 Nov 2009
My 9 year old daughter studied this book at school. She enjoyed it so much that she asked for it for her birthday. Since then she has read it from cover to cover and studies the illustrations as she says they are so real. A fabulous story telling of the evacuation to the country of a London Jewish boy and how a returned soldier befriends him. It is very simple and beautiful and makes the War time come to life for children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars resources for teaching about world war 2 23 Nov 2010
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the story is easily accessible for all children, illustrations are beautiful and the content provides lots of chances for discussion with upper key stage 2 children. we used the book as a stimulus for Philosophy for kids and it was very successful and led to some in-depth discussion. It's useful if there is a story synopsis and intended audience age when looking to purchase; I bought this book simply because of subject matter and knowledgeof the author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 15 Nov 2010
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An excellent story, my year three chn loved it. I used this story and others for the complete unit of stories with historical settings. Lots of resources and activities from it. A very moving story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lion and the Unicorn
This is a really lovely book, with some great illustrations. I'm a teacher and have purchased it to read to my class. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tammie Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars WW2 for kids
My 10 year old is learning about WW2 and loved Goodnight Mr Tom and he loved this one too. Great read.
Published 10 months ago by Jordie413
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book
my granddaughter who is 7 loved this story so much in school she had to own it loved having it
Published 11 months ago by sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely illustrations
Required as a stimulus text for literacy lessons at school. Very well illustrated providing plenty of opportunities for discussion and individual work.
Published 16 months ago by Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
I bought this book to read to my class of 8 and 9 year olds who were studying children in ww2. They were truly mesmerised by this enchanting story and the illustrations are lovely. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Susan Deacon
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
My 5 year old son is interested in WWII and this book was ideal. The book is about a child being evacuated from London to the countryside and the loneliness he experiences being... Read more
Published 22 months ago by NickyH
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
I am a primary school teacher, teaching a Year 6 class. I've been aware of this book for a long time but thought it was written for younger children. Read more
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