#365PictureBooks Day 32 – The lion and the bird

One autumn day, a lion finds a wounded bird in his garden. With the departure of the bird’s flock, the lion decides that it’s up to him to care for the bird. He does and the two become fast friends. Nevertheless, the bird departs with his flock the following spring. What will become of Lion and what will become of their friendship? Publisher.

This is a very quiet and understated tale of friendship, loss, the passing of the seasons and reunion. The book has some text but many of the pages are presented without words and the whole book would actually read beautifully as a wordless picture book. The calm and nurturing nature of the lion, as he nurses the bird back to health, is beautifully represented. The reader will feel the incredible heart -wrenching sadness and loneliness of the lion as he farewells the bird when he flies away in the spring. When the bird returns the following autumn when his flock are heading south you can’t help but rejoice with the lion.

A beautiful book to share with reflective and sensitive children.

This book makes you feel.

Other links:

brainpickings.org beautiful reproductions of the pages and a lovely reflective review of the book.

Picturebookmakers.com  read an interview with Marianne Dubac.

Bibliographic details:

The lion and the bird / Written and illustrated by Marianne Dubuc, translated from the French by Claudia Z. Bedrick .

Originally published as: Le lion et l’oiseau

Published by Enchanted Lion Books, 2013.

64 pages.


Borrow from Auckland Libraries.

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