A friendly lion who lives in a small French zoo enjoys the music from the bandstand and the visitors who stop to say, “bonjour happy lion.” One day, when the zoo-keeper forgets to close the door, he decides to stroll into town to pay a visit to all his friends. To his amazement, everyone is scared of him. The townspeople go crazy, and of course chaos ensues until he is safely back in his cage.
The Happy Lion is one of my son’s favorite books. He loves that the lion says “bonjour” and that the old lady says “oooh la la” when she sees the lion. (He also likes the fire engine that turns up in the end).
Although I only discovered it recently, The Happy Lion has been a classic in children’s literature for more than 50 years. The illustrations are simple and outdated, but that’s what makes them charming.
I can assure you, this happy tale about a happy lion will make your kids um, happy!