A Lion in Paris

A Lion in Paris

Book - 2014 | English edition
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A curious young lion decides to leave the grasslands and visit the city of Paris. The lion in this story was inspired by the statue of a lion in the Place Denfert-Rochereau in Paris. Parisians are very fond of this lion. The statue was erected by the architect Frederic Auguste Bartholdi between 1876 and 1880. It is a smaller version of his famous Belfort Lion sculpture in Belfort, in eastern France.
Publisher: London : Tate Publishing, 2014
Edition: English edition
ISBN: 9781849761710
184976171X
Branch Call Number: PB
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, map ; 39 cm

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terrific illustration style. extra sweet if you have lived in Paris. cute book.
~Rose

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mmcbeth29
May 15, 2015

A lion is bored in his natural habitat so he leaves for the city. He was scared at first and worried that he might be shot by a rifle or that people would run screaming. But people seem not to notice him at all. So he roars to get attention. Then he goes outside. This makes him sad as he remembers his home and he turns gray. He walks along, sees the sight, and meets a few people. He feels much better now. He goes to a crossroads and stands on a plinth. The lion decides to stay because he likes it so much. Then he turns into a statue.

This book was translated from French and is an oversized and heavy book. It is 14" x 11". The book opens in a horizontal position rather than vertical. It is far too heavy for younger readers or holding up during story time. The illustrations are mixed media collage with drawings and photographs.

I did not enjoy much of the artwork in this book. Many of the pasted in pictures were placed randomly in such a way that they didn't look natural. Many of these pictures had people in distorted body positions that also did not appear natural. There were some unnecessary dark elements in the story line such as the lion worrying about being shot by rifles and people appearing to carry swords. The storyline itself was written in a mature poetic flow which I think some of which got lost in translation. All of these elements make this book better suited for older elementary children who would enjoy looking at such a different art style and in elementary art classrooms as well.

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May 15, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

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