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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books; Reissue edition (14 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055311364X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553113648
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 432,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A friendly lion in a small French zoo enjoys the visits of the townspeople who stop by each day to say "Bonjour, Happy Lion." So one day, when the zoo keeper forgets to close the lion's door, the Happy Lion decides to return the visits to all the nice people of the town. To his amazement, as he strolls through the town his friends scream and run from him, the police and fire brigade are called, and people cower in their shops or houses. How a small boy saves the day concludes a wonderfully satisfying story that is just the right length for bedtime or anytime.
At age 50, "The Happy Lion continues to charm and delight and Alfred A. Knopf is proud to reissue it for today's young children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Louise Fatio collaborated with her famous illustrator husband, Roger Duvoisin, on "The Happy Lion, " one of the most beloved stories of the mid-20th century. Long unavailable, it was reissued in a hardcover edition to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2004. She was born in Switzerland in 1904 and died in New Jersey in 1993.
Roger Duvoisin, a Caldecott Medal winner, wrote and illustrated 40 books, including those featuring Veronica the conspicuous hippopotamus and Petunia the silly goose. He collaborated with his wife, Louise Fatio, on nine more Happy Lion stories. He was born in Switzerland in 1904 and died in New Jersey in 1980.


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Format: Paperback
My brother and I had this as children and loved it so it's lovely reading it again to my five year old. The drawings are beautiful and the story is simply lovely. The lion's quiet bemusement when people run away from him is captivating. I'm unconvinced by another reviewer's interpretation that it's a warning against discrimination (it's not discrimination to be afraid of a lion on the loose) but it is a lesson that people don't react the same way once they are out of their comfort zone - except your true friends.

It doesn't need a deep philosphical meaning it's simply a lovely story and my five year old loves reading it again and again and was thrilled to know that mummy knew a book she had in school from her own childhood.
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Format: Hardcover
This has been a classic in childrens’ literature for the last 50 years and hopefully will be for many years to come. It is delightful and philosophical tale depicting the absurdity of discrimination. The illustrations seem a little dated by today's standards but they are, I consider, directed towards a young public and not an adult comic audience. I read this book to my young son because he's worth it!
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Format: Paperback
I remember this book with great fondness from my own childhood so I was very pleased when I discovered it had been reprinted so I could share it with my son. He loves it!
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This award winning story is still as appealing as when it was first issued and is a lovely story for all ages, capturing the imagination of children. We love it!
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