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Christian, the Hugging Lionby Justin Richardson
Synopses & Reviews
When John and Ace found a lion cub for sale at Harrods, they knew that a department store was no place for a lion. They took him home, named him Christian, raised him and loved him--and in the process, Christian became a London celebrity. But when Christian got too big for their apartment, Ace and John knew that it was time to let him go back to Africa, where he belonged. When they went to visit him in Africa, they were in for a wonderful surprise. Christian remembered them! andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;This heartwarming book is based on the true story of two men who raised and loved a lion cub--which millions of fans know through the popular YouTube video.
"Richardson and Parnell, the writing team behind And Tango Makes Three, turn to another heartwarming real-life animal story in this retelling, the second picture book to star Christian, following 2009's Christian the Lion. In subtly evocative prose, the authors emphasize storytelling as they hit the major plot points of the now familiar story: Ace and John's discovery of the lion cub in a cage at Harrods, Christian's adventures and growing pains in London ('Christian became a very well-behaved little cub. Most of the time'), the eventual delivery of the lion to Kenya, and the trio's climactic reunion when Ace and John return to find Christian grown-up and with cubs of his own. With a dramatic leap, Christian rejoins his friends in a jubilant embrace that fills an entire wordless spread. Playing off the understated text to humorous effect, Bates (Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight) contributes balmy watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations that highlight Christian's playfulness, as he sprawls out on Ace and John's sofa or gives 'clumsy' hugs at the pub. It's a tender and particularly kid-friendly version of Christian's story. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
An adorable picture book tells the heartwarming true story of a lion cub named Christian.
Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell are the authors of the award winning picture book And Tango Makes Three. Richardson is a psychiatrist on the faculty of Columbia and Cornell. Parnell is a playwright whose plays have been produced on and Off-Broadway. They live in New York City with their daughter, Gemma.
When Ace and John find a lion cub for sale at Harrods, they bring him home and name him Christian. The three play together, picnic together, and become famous for driving around town in a convertible. Christian learns to hug his friends and together they become a very unusual family. When Christian grows too big for their sofa, however, Ace and John decide to give him a chance to live in the wild. A year after saying good-bye to their lion friend in Kenya, Ace and John return to see if he will remember them. What they discover is that a familys hugs are unforgettable indeed.
The heartwarming true story of a lion cub named Christian, known through the YouTube video.
About the Author
Justin Richardson, MD,andnbsp;is the coauthor, with Peter Parnell, of the award-winning picture bookandnbsp;andlt;Iandgt;And Tango Makes Threeandlt;/Iandgt;. Dr. Richardson is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Columbia and Cornell and the coauthor of andlt;Iandgt;Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid Theyandrsquo;d Ask)andlt;/Iandgt;. Dr. Richardson and his advice have been featured in andlt;Iandgt;The New York Times andlt;/Iandgt;and andlt;Iandgt;The Washington Postandlt;/Iandgt;, on the andlt;Iandgt;Today andlt;/Iandgt;show and NPRandrsquo;s andlt;Iandgt;Morning Editionandlt;/Iandgt;, and in numerous magazines. Dr. Richardson lectures to parents and teachers on parenting and the sexual development of children.Peter Parnell is the coauthor, with Justin Richardson, of andlt;Iandgt;And Tango Makes Threeandlt;/Iandgt;. He is a playwright whose plays have been produced at the Public Theater and Playwrights Horizons in New York City, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Seattle Repertory Company, among others. His play andlt;Iandgt;QEDandlt;/Iandgt; was produced on Broadway. He has written extensively for television as a producer for both andlt;Iandgt;The West Wingandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;The Guardianandlt;/Iandgt;; he has also written episodes of Maurice Sendakandrsquo;s series andlt;Iandgt;Little Bearandlt;/Iandgt;. He lives in New York City.Amy June Bates has illustrated many books for children, includingandlt;iandgt; Thatand#8217;s What Iand#8217;d Doandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Sweet Dreams andlt;/iandgt;by Jewel; andlt;iandgt;Waiting for the Magic andlt;/iandgt;by Patricia McLachlan; andlt;iandgt;Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flightandlt;/iandgt; by Kathleen Krull; andlt;iandgt;The Dog Who Belonged to No Oneandlt;/iandgt; by Amy Hest; and andlt;iandgt;You Can Do It!andlt;/iandgt; by Tony Dungy. She graduated from Brigham Young University and now lives with her husband and three children in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Visit her at AmyBates.com.
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