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The Happy Lion Paperback – Dec 14 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books; Reissue edition (Dec 14 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055311364X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553113648
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #627,137 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 the Hardcover edition.

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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By A Customer on March 17 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9be8ba38) out of 5 stars 22 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c988708) out of 5 stars an excellent story Sept. 5 2006
By Jennifer Murphy-spivey - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c98875c) out of 5 stars The work of an artist March 20 2012
By Maria Dethloff - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c988b94) 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.
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HASH(0x9c988b7c) out of 5 stars Such a fun one! June 25 2009
By P. Smith - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"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.
HASH(0x9c98c054) out of 5 stars So Adorable June 8 2015
By Sunhi Laub - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Bonjour, Happy Lion!" Oh, how funny this whole book is. It's fun for both my son and I because he gets to hear the story of the lion and I get to use a faux French accent while reading it. This silly story of a lion who accidentally escapes the zoo of his French town is another of my son's favorites.

The pictures in the book are cute and provide my son with plenty to discuss with me, especially the picture of the lion in the zoo and the picture of the fire engine getting ready to try to get the lion into a truck to be taken back to the zoo. (Though my husband did ask when he saw it, "Are they really going to hose down the lion? This is horrible!")

The resolution is sweet and very happy. I can't recommend it enough to those with children who like silly accents and big cats!