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A Lion in the Meadow (Picture Puffin) Paperback – 25 May 1989

4.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (25 May 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140506306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140506303
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 0.4 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of those rare children's authors whose books can also be read with pleasure by grown-ups..."--"The Telegraph"

"An award-winning children's author who tested the limits of her readers' whimsy and courage with fantastical tales of witches, hauntings, infinite fog, and robbers...Reviewers have raved about her whimsical yet hard-edged sensibility, her grasp of childhood's astonishments, her ability to leaven unbelievable situations with believable characters."--"The New York Times " --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Margaret Mahy until her death a few months ago, was one of the most beloved and internationally renowned children's authors, holding readers spellbound with her richly imagined books, among them "The Magician of Hoad, The Chewing Gum Rescue, The Haunting, The Changeover, The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate," and "The Boy Who Was Followed Home." Mahy won the Carnegie medal twice, and in 2006 she received the Hans Christian Andersen award international recognition for her overall contribution to international children's literature." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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By A Customer on 18 Jan. 2003
Format: Paperback
A story of a little boy who is afraid of the lion that is in the meadow; his mother does not believe him and gives him a matchbox, telling him: there is a dragon in here that will grow bigger when you let him out; he will scare the lion away. The little boy does this and the lion retreats into the kitchen broom closet, the little boy follows. A delightful conversation between the mother and boy on the fictive nature of the dragon ensues. the boy and the lion become friends in the closet and exit to play on the other side of the house.
As a child I loved this book and read it over and over. Both the story and the illustrations are captivating. Wish that I could get this edition in the states...
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Early '70's, long out of print. I'm told the originals of the unique gently mind-swirly illustrations are lost so it can never be brought back to life yet the story text is simple while the pictures are the child's life view. The 4 yr old's fantasy world and his mother's real world one, meet and mix seamlessly, beautifully, joyfully giving the message: it's fine and fun to create/believe. The ending - "the mother never made up a story again" as the lion reads an alphabet book open at L, at the feet of the boy and mother - it the simplest and most satisfying ending, multi-level, of any story, ever, anywhere.
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A Lion in the Meadow (Picture Puffin)
This was my son's favourite bedtime story; he's 36 now! I still have the battered copy, and bought this new version for my 2-year-old grandson for Christmas. Under fives will enjoy it. The text is almost the same as the original - simple, clear and repetitive, which small children love. It's a lovely story about make-believe which could come true! The illustrations have been updated to show a modern young Mum and little boy, and are beautifully drawn. A welcome addition is a small baby - perfect if your toddler is getting used to a new arrival in the family.
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I bought this copy because it has the original illustrations (which I remembered from a child). The last lines are also different from the one currently in print. We now have both versions, both illustrated by Jenny William. They look quite different, but both are beautiful, and young and old in this house like both. Margaret Mahy is a genius. I highly recommend this book to anyone with children from about 18months and older.
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A wonderful tale for children and adults reading to them. The pictures are different from the original version but beautiful and full of detail for discussion. There's a bit added to the end of the story in case your imagination can't think up how things happen in the end. Highly recommended.
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Margaret Mahy is one of the great writers for children. Sadly missed. As a teacher, my 7 year olds always enjoyed this book and my almost 3 year old grandson has a great treat coming. Fantasy in a domestic setting with gorgeous illustrations!
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I sent this book to my grandsons (4 and 2) in London (ordered from New Zealand). The younger one (2) absolutely loves it - it is his favourite book and he takes it to bed with him. Both boys painted pictures of the lion in the meadow after having had it read to them. . Would strongly recommend this book.
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