Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Friendship divine.....

Quote of the Day:  

            "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside a dog its too dark to read. "   
                                                          - Groucho Marks 

Featured book of the day:

Title:  The Lion and The Bird
Author and Illustrator:  Marianne Dubuc
Ages:  Timeless

Let's take a delightful peek inside shall we?

My take on this picture book:

I loved this book when I first looked at the cover.  The soft muted colours that were chosen, the gentle spirit that was represented in the looks between the lion and the bird and the simplicity of the title made me eager to open the pages and discover a book that touches the heart.

A lion out tending his garden on a beautiful autumn day discovers a poor wounded bird.  Ever so gently he lifts the little body up and tends to its every need nursing it back to health eventually.  That journey of nurturing leads the reader into the most beautiful of friendships.

The lion through the course of a long, hard winter discovers the joy of having a companion to share his home and his love with.  Together they stay warm, share meals, and play throughout the continuing winter months.  That endless winter is bittersweet.  It is long enough for a special bond to occur between these two unlikely creatures and long enough for the little bird's wing to heal and experience total recovery.  Come fall when her flock flies over the little bird's heart pulls her away to join them on their migratory journey. Sadly the lion knows in his heart of hearts that she must go and he tries to continue on with his life which is now seems meaningless and full of grief.

The author is a genius at using blank pages as pauses in the book to let the reader know the emptiness and yearning that fills the lion's heart as he misses his friend so.  He tries to carry on as before but there is a void in his heart where that little bird had taken residence that cannot be filled with his busyness.  He forever is looking up and wondering about his special friend.  Then one day........pause.........a single note........pause ..... is heard ..... and his heart starts to beat with happiness once more.  This is a story of friendship that is full of empathy, magic and beauty and draws you in until the very last page.  I highly, highly, highly recommend this story.

About the author/illustrator:

Marianne Dubuc: 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.

Book Review Rating:  10 ( Amazing)

Read on and read always!  This book will become a classic for sure.

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