The happy lion

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McGraw-Hill, 1954 - Lion - 32 pages
36 Reviews
Follows the adventures of a happy lion who lived in a zoo in a little French town and enjoyed the greetings of its people, but one day escaped through an open door to visit the town.

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Review: The Happy Lion (Happy Lion)

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

I had a very clear memory of my mother reading this to me, I won't say how many years ago. Through some obscure twist of memory I recalled the little boy as Italian, saying 'Buon Giorno happy lion' on ... Read full review

Review: The Happy Lion (Happy Lion)

User Review  - Redri9hthand - Goodreads

My children were delighted by this book's charming illustrations and straightforward story of a surprisingly mild-mannered lion who experiences a day outside his cage roaming around town and discovers he is indeed happiest being kept in a cage. Read full review


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About the author (1954)

Roger Duvoisin was born in Geneva, Switzerland on August 28, 1904 and came to the United States in 1925. Duvoisin created more than forty books and illustrated more than 140 books for children. Among his more than 40 childrenżs books, he is best known for those featuring Veronica, the hippopotamus, and Petunia, the silly goose. In addition, he created the characters Donkey-Donkey and Hector-Penguin. He also illustrated "Happy Lion," a series written by his wife. He received several awards for his works including the Caldecott Medal in 1947 for White Snow, Bright Snow and a Caldecott Honor in 1966. He received the Society of Illustrators Award, the Rutgers Award, the Silver Medallion of the University of Southern Mississippi and the Kerlan Award of the University of Minnesota. He died June 30, 1980 in Morristown, New Jersey.

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