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Eli, an old lion, has seen better days. He doesn’t even hang out with the pride anymore. In fact, his life has become such that he must eat the leftovers the vultures leave behind! Alas, fate would have it that he saves a vultures life, and in so doing, learns a bit about friendship along the way.
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Apparently, I was living under a rock. I hadn’t ever heard of Bill Peet. Neither as an author, nor as an illustrator. Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered his role in many a Walt Disney flick. You won’t be surprised, then, to find the illustrations in this book are fabulous. Charming without being cute (a mean and ferocious cute lion? wouldn’t work!). The language is exactly the kind that should be in a picture book. Words directed towards a child, without speaking down to him. Yet, words a parent won’t tire of reading – even on the twentieth go around. The story line – a bit reminiscient of Aesop’s The Lion and the Mouse. If you haven’t read this. Get thee to a library now.
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- Author: Bill Peet
- Illustrator: Bill Peet
- Publisher: Turtleback (October 29, 1984)
- Reading Age: Ages 4 and up
- School and Library Binding: 48 pages
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What You Need to Know
- Role Models/Authority Figures – Eli, the lion. Learns about friendship.
- Violence – If you count Eli killing a hyena, or hunters stalking a lion then there’s violence. I don’t.
- Sexual Content – None.
- Language – Beautiful language. Sometimes made up.
- Consumerism – None.
- Drinking/Smoking/Drugs – None.
- Religion – None.