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Andy and the Lion Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-23 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 20 user ratings
ISBN:0670124338
LANGUAGE:English

"This book won a 1939 Caldecott honor award. It is based off the Aesop's fables of the Lion and Mouse and Androcles and the Lion. The book tells the story of Andy, a young boy who loves to read and check out library books, his current fascination being lions. One day on the way to school, he finds a lion with a thorn in his paws, which Andy quickly take out and they go their separate ways. Later in the spring, the circus comes to town and Andy is excited to see the lion show. Suddenly, the lions escape and just as Andy is about to be eaten by one, his lion recognizes him and they are so happy to see each other. Andy is awarded a medal for bravery and the lion follows him to the library the next day to get more books. Recommended for ages 3-7, 3 stars. " said.

"The power of books and imagination is the focus of this story that starts off with a dedication to the lions outside the New York Public Library (they have names?)

Andy starts with a book in part one of this delightful story, then immediately falls into adventure in the following parts of the book. There's hints of classic literature throughout, and the illustration fits the tone and time perfectly. I love how by the end of the story you're questioning what actually happened, which opens the door for discussion with your child.

The difficult part of this book was the style and layout - the sentences that just

came to a stop on one page and then continued on the next.

While this took some getting used to, it also serves to keep the reader turning the pages to find out what happens next. Overall this book was fun and I'm glad I picked it up.
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"Andy and the Lion is similar to The Biggest Bear, but a bit more whimsical. I enjoyed that Andy’s entire adventure with the lion originates with a library book, and that there is room in the story to believe that it really happened, or to believe everything happened in Andy’s imagination. I also noted the scene where the lion gets a thorn in his paw as similar to what happens in The Lion and the Mouse - could it be that this is one of the stories Andy read that got him so interested in lions to begin with? I was also interested in the dedication page, which refers to the New York Public Library lions as Lady Astor and Lord Lenox rather than Patience and Fortitude. I didn’t realize they’d ever had other names, but the whole story can be found here." said.

"Andy is just a little obsessed with lions. He lives on Grandpa's tales of lion hunting in Africa and a book of lions he checked out of the library. One day, on the way to school, what should Andy run into, but a real, live lion! The lion has a thorn in his paw and Andy helps him out. Later, at the circus, a lion escapes and is about to attack Andy, but then they recognize each other. Andy saves the lion again and is awarded for bravery by the town.

A retelling of Androcles and the Lion set in 1930s America. This is a book that has aged pretty well. The story is still relatable for modern little kids, and it's a fun retelling of the ancient tale. Andy's a humorous little boy with his head consumed by lions so much, you aren't quite sure if the lion is real at first. And Daugherty tells the tale with just the right comedic touches. The illustrations are sometimes a little overwhelming when there's a lot of the rust color swirling around, but overall still fun.
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"Andy gets a book about lions from the library. It casts a spell over him and he reads it and reads it all the way up until bedtime. That night he dreams lions. Throughout hsi day, lions are never far from Andy's mind. On his way to school, Andy crosses paths with a lion! Both are terrified of one another and rush this way and that way around abig rock only to keep seeing each other's face when they peek around to check for one another. Finally, the lion bravely offers his wounded paw with a thorn stuck in it to Andy who ready with a pair of pliers in his back pocket yanks it out. The two unlikely friends cross paths once more when the circus comes to town and the lion escapes the ring during the act and reunites with Andy in the audience.

Sentences carry across pages leaving readers hanging for a conclusion to action. Illustrations are ink drawings shaded with sepia tones. Fun read aloud! Must read/see!
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"I read this book when I was a child (it was old then) and it brought such a wave of nostalgia, I don't think I can give it an unbiased review. A wonderful book about a young boy who loves lions, meets and helps a lion, and they help each other during separate occasions. A retelling of Aesop's Lion and Mouse. Yes, yes, there is hunting and circuses in the book -- it was written in the 1930s and times were different then (please note I did not say they were right). I find many of the not politically correct books from the early 1900s give a great starting point for discussions with my 6 year old. The illustrations are dated, of course, because the book is dated. But they are still well done and deserving of the Caldecott Medal Honor designation. " said.

"This version of Aesop's lion-hearted fable was interesting. The tale of a little boy who helped a lion in need was a little confusing at times. I was unsure as to whether the boy was supposed to have dreamed the entire thing or if it was supposed to have really happened. That may have been the point.

The cinnamon and black illustrations were full of movement and made me think of stop action photography. I was not fond of the way the lion or Andy's dog were drawn. They looked emaciated, way to many ribs. My son thought that made them look more realistic though.

I have seen some reviewers remark about how each page ended mid sentence. I can understand the irritation with that, but it would be a great book to use in an elementary prediction exercise.

Once again my son and I have converged on a rating of 4. I would have give it a 3 but he gave it a full out 5. He LOVED the illustrations and thought the story was exciting.





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"This is week 28 of the Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten Curriculum: Complete Lesson Plans for One Year and the literature choice for this week is Andy and the Lion. Coming into this I do know who James Daugherty is because of a new 2013 book Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. It was neat knowing how amazing those illustrations are to be able to come back to this Caldecott winner book with it's whimsical two-tone illustrations.

This is my favorite part of the Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten curriculum in the book selections and questions with vocabulary to discuss during and after reading a class treasure. Both girls are actually fighting over this one to “read” alone and it even was involved in nap time. We read it again today as well as yesterday and I’m sure it will be read again tomorrow.

I purchased this one to go along with our curriculum for Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten.
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