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LEO THE LION by Gerda Wagener


by Gerda Wagener & translated by Nina Ignatowicz & illustrated by Reinhard Michl

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: March 29th, 1991
ISBN: 0-06-021656-5
Publisher: HarperCollins

 A German story about a lonely lion who longs to be petted like a cat. Alas! most people are terrified of him, while the zoo-keeper wants him to line up for a daily pat: ``One lion more or less won't make much difference.'' Leo finally gets the affection he craves from a lioness. This doesn't have quite the delicious, whimsical irony of Fatio's The Happy Lion (1954), but it's smoothly told, warmly depicts a childlike need for attention, and is satisfyingly comic--especially its lively, expressive illustrations.~(Picture book. 4-8)