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The Lion and the Little Red Bird [Paperback]

Elisa Kleven
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Feb. 29 1996 Picture Puffins
A little bird discovers why a lion's tail changes color each day.

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From Publishers Weekly

The universal language of art helps bridge the communication gap between a bird and the king of beasts in Kleven's ( Abuela ; Ernst ) latest picture book. When the bird notices the lion's bushy green tail, it piques her curiosity. The appendage, in fact, changes color daily, a phenomenon that exasperates the bird until she becomes privy to the secret: the lion has painted a sweeping mural inside his cave, using his tail as a brush. Though Kleven's vibrant combination of watercolor and mixed-media collage is a tasty visual smorgasbord, her insubstantial story lacks drama. Rather than incite wonder, the bird's questions grow increasingly annoying by mid-story. Children may find a challenge in guessing what color the lion's tail will be, as each consecutive spread provides a hint about the forthcoming transformation. The illustrations' intricate details--nesting birds, leaping frogs, flitting butterflies--add sparkle to scenes already resplendent with bold color and texture. Regrettably, the lustrous art does little to energize a plodding tale. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-- A sweet and captivating book with gorgeous illustrations. Its story line and artwork both have unusual and unexpected qualities that work together to generate a magical, light mood. A little bird and a lion, friends although they don't understand one another's language, are inexplicably happy when they're together. The bird loves the sight of the lion's tail, which changes color daily. When the lion brings the bird into his cave, she understands the changes; the lion uses his tail as a paint brush for creating beautiful murals. In light of this knowledge, she sings her happiest song for him as their friendship deepens. Kleven's collages incorporate pastels, ink, paper, and wool. Their beautiful colors, surprising textures, and striking details give emotion and meaning to the story. She is especially successful in depicting the lion's gentleness and in suggesting the feelings that bond these two, which provides the power behind the story and fuel for readers' interest. A unique and worthwhile contribution to any collection. --Dorothy Houlihan, formerly at White Plains Public Library, NY
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful lesson in friendship March 1 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is my favorite children's book. The illustrations are wonderfully cheerful. The message in the book is one that is not lost on even the smallest child - the lesson of friendship even when language is a barrier. Both my children ages 6 and 10 have always loved this book. I'd love to frame some of the pictures they are so beautiful. But the message is one we should instill upon all our children. To help those in need, to enjoy what others have to offer us, to see the beauty in the world and even when we can't understand each other to be able to appreciate each other. I highly recommend this book for everyone. It makes a great gift too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lion and the Little Red Bird Aug. 1 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I loved reading this book to our Storytime group when I owned a bookstore. We made an elaborate felt board for the story which the children enjoyed almost as much as I did. Selling this book was truly a delight because we knew it would be loved and cherished as it provided hours of pleasure over time. I particularly liked the author's creation of two very different creatures who, although unable to communicate directly, appreciated and respected each other without regard to their differences. The visual beauty of the book, along with its artistic theme might encourage its "readers" to explore their creative impulses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kindergartners give it 2 thumbs up April 15 2000
By L. Long
Format:Hardcover
As a kindergarten teacher, I have found several fun and practical uses for this enchanting, colorful story. Students learn about being friends, despite the vast differences between the bird and the lion. They learn about colors and where they are found in nature. Children love to guess what color the lion's tail will be next and to speculate on why it keeps changing colors. They love to paint their own pictures of the lion with his colorful tail. Each page is bright, vibrant and delightful. The Lion And the Little Red Bird has been a classroom favorite that my students have begged to hear again and again.
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Format:Hardcover
Originally I found this book in the library for my 3 1/2 yr old child. I was so enchanted by the charming, special tale (as was my daughter) that I recently bought a copy of the book for my daughter (and me!) and another for her 2 1/2 year old cousin.
There are so many childrens books available, many of them not so impressive. The Lion and the Little Red Bird is truly one of a kind - thoughtful, creative, clever, tender. I would love to write to the author to thank her for creating this story.
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Format:Hardcover
Originally I found this book in the library for my 3 1/2 yr old child. I was so enchanted by the charming, special tale (as was my daughter) that I recently bought a copy of the book for my daughter (and me!) and another for her 2 1/2 year old cousin.
There are so many childrens books available, many of them not so impressive. The Lion and the Little Red Bird is truly one of a kind - thoughtful, creative, clever, tender. I would love to write to the author to thank her for creating this story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully illustrated tale about friendship Jan. 12 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
My daughters, ages 5 and 4, are enchanted by this book. They like to pore over the cheery, colorful illustrations and predict what color the lion's tail is going to be next. It makes them (and me) happy to see the lion and the little bird become such fast friends despite their differences--in size, in language, etc. This book is along the same lines as the author's wonderful "Paper Princess," but for a younger audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids and parents Aug. 22 2001
Format:Hardcover
It is very difficult to find stories that appeal to both children and parents. This one appeals to both. The drawings follow the story, but have enough detail to spend 10 minutes exploring. My daughter loves to point out all of the animals and children in the pictures as I read the text. All the while, I am enjoying the sweet story. This has quickly become my child's favorite bed time story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly enchanting
This timeless tale could be called "why does the lion's tail change color"? The story has an almost Kipling-esque, timeless quality about it. Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by Ken Zirkel
5.0 out of 5 stars Add this to your list of favorite chrildren's books!
This fantastically illustrated book with an amazing story is one of my all time favorite books. It just makes me smile.
Published on May 12 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I've had this book for four years and I've read it to my three kids about a million times. It's a good story and the illustrations are great. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
this book is far and away my favorite children's book. the author uses language in a gentle, poetic way that is full of imagery. Read more
Published on June 7 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous picture book
The illustrations in this delightful picture book are lovely. My daughter and I are just as enchanted with the artwork as the little red bird was with the lion's colorful tail. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful illustrations, story and friendship.
In this colorful tale a little red bird discovers a lion with a color changing tail. Enchanted by the tail and the lion itself, the bird stays near, sings and watches. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't raise kids without it.
Beautiful story. Beautiful pictures. It's about art and colors and making friends. Buy it for any two-year-old who doesn't already own it. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 1999
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