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The Happy Lion [Paperback]

Louise Fatio , Roger Duvoisin
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Dec 14 2010 Read to a Child!: Level 2
The lion at the little French zoo is a favorite of all the townspeople. Every day they stop by to feed him tidbits and say, “Bonjour, Happy Lion.” Naturally, when the lion finds his door open, he decides it would only be proper to visit all his friendly neighbors in return. But, wait—sacré bleu! Why is everyone fleeing in terror?

“Louise Fatio’s timeless tale about friendship still sparkles and Roger Duvoisin’s elegant illustrations are as engaging as ever in this 50th Anniversary edition.” —School Library Journal

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars superb March 17 2004
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This book is exemplory in style, plot, and insight. Its simplicity is pure genius. A must have for every family collection. of lion books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book it is so nice to have a ... July 18 2014
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Love this book it is so nice to have a children's book that I don't mind reading over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent story Sept. 5 2006
By Jennifer Murphy-spivey - Published on Amazon.com
my 3 yr old daughter and i chose this book at the library today based on the reviews i read from amazon; and the book did not disappoint. the story is very well written; simple and not too complicated, however, not so simple as to lose the interest of the child/reader. I am finding as my daugher is building her library, that most of her favorite books are the older ones, such as this; with very good and simple story lines, happy endings and simple illustrations. nothing too excitable, scary, or inappropriate for her age. this book would be great for 2yr old right on up to kindergarten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The work of an artist March 20 2012
By Maria Dethloff - Published on Amazon.com
I loved the book! And that was in the fifties when it was still new. I was somewhat amazed about the reduced color palette and the scratchy style in the illustrations; the drawings did not remind me of what I used to know to be childrens' books. Instead, I got to know the work of an artist. Roger Duvoisin, influenced by Brancusi, taught me a new approach to drawing and sketching at an early age. If you want your child to be introduced into the art of a master, give him/her this book -- and let your child learn about the power of friendship when fear and prejudice are overcome, a beautiful message.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a fun one! June 25 2009
By P. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
"Bonjour! Happy Lion!" My four-year-old son and I love to say this to each other. This is a classic French story book and such a fun one! I think it's just as much fun for me to read as it is for my my son to listen. It does have that 50ish-early 60's sort of feel to it because of the illustrations, but it's still timeless.
5.0 out of 5 stars Think it teaches a great lesson about acceptance and how we can all be ... July 26 2014
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Very cute book. Don't want to spoil so stop reading if you don't want particulars....about a lion who experiences a different reaction from the townspeople who visit him everyday while in a cage versus when he accidentally gets out, save one young boy. Think it teaches a great lesson about acceptance and how we can all be prone to intolerance which is born out of irrational fear. Reminds me of Petunia and Veronica books.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Happy Lion Nov. 30 2012
By Mark Gaffney - Published on Amazon.com
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Remember this from when I was young! It's easy to sympathise with the Happy Lion as well as probably feel some empathy for the townspeople.
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