The happy lion

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McGraw-Hill, 1954 - Lion - 32 pages
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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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User Review  - matthewbloome - LibraryThing

What a simple harmless lion story. I really liked that while every adult completely misunderstood the situation, Francois, the child knew just what to do and didn't overreact at all. How delightful! Read full review

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User Review  - paroof - LibraryThing

"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 ... 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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