Synopses & Reviews
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 autumn. What will become of Lion and what will become of their friendship?
"Dubuc (Animal Masquerade) tells the story of an intimate friendship with few words, light lines, and gentle colors. Gardening in his yard one autumn day, Lion finds a bird with a broken wing. The other birds are flying south, but this bird can't. 'You're welcome to stay with me,' Lion offers. The two spend the winter together, dwelling in perfect contentment in Lion's cozy, round-roofed hut. Dubuc makes the most of their disparate sizes. The bird nestles in Lion's knitted cap as Lion goes tobogganing and ice fishing, and he sleeps in one of Lion's fuzzy slippers. In the spring, he perches on a twig and gestures toward the other birds. 'Yes,' nods Lion. 'I know.' As the bird flies off, Dubuc draws the abandoned Lion from the viewpoint of the departing bird; a page turn shows him again, smaller, diminished, the paw that holds his hat hanging. He resumes his solitary life, but when autumn returns, he's seen with his eyes closed, wishing. Readers will rejoice with him when the bird returns. It's a remarkably moving, and considering it features two animals deeply human story. Ages 4 up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"The intimacy of friendship, as well as the bittersweet sweep of time, is exquisitely rendered in this spare story of a kindly lion who rescues an injured bird flying south for winter....A much needed antidote to the speed of the world, this picture book by French Canadian Dubuc is one to savor." Booklist, Starred Review
"[F]ull of subtle humor and drama that resonates rather than disappears. This is a friendship story full of empathy and beauty....The clearly-rendered illustrations feature a muted palette that perfectly matches the tone of the story." School Library Journal
"Dubuc excels at capturing emotions visually. The angle of Lion's posture, with a single nuanced line for his mouth, evinces joy or sadness. White space — sometimes whole pages — speaks its own language of loss and hope....A sensitive, uplifting meditation." Kirkus Reviews
"Dubuc's charming, pastel-hued illustrations convey gentle humor and genuine feeling. The story's measured pacing allows readers to discover and relish each emotional nuance. A lovely choice to share and savor." School Library Journal
The Lion and the Bird is a sensitive, beautiful, an utterly charming fable about generosity, kindness and true friendship.
About the Author
Marianne Dubuc received her degree in graphic design from the University of Quebec in Montreal. She writes and illustrates many different kinds of books for readers of all ages.Once she has sold lots of books, she will move into a crystal castle with 22 cars, her grandmother and a canary. Currently, she lives happily with her husband and children and enjoys busy, creative days. She has become an internationally acclaimed since 2010. Her book In Front of My House, has sold over 50,000 copies in 12 different languages and was a finalist for the 2011 Deutsche Jugendliteratur Preis.