The Happy Lion

The Happy LionA 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 The illustrations are simple and outdated, but that’s what makes them charming.

We bought our copy at our local Daunt Books (what would I do without Daunt Books??), and if they don’t have one in stock, they will order you one. You can also find it at Amazon.

I can assure you, this happy tale about a happy lion will make your kids um, happy!

-Courtney

5 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Esther | April 4, 2008 | Reply

I didn’t know this book until Court showed it to me recently. It’s so cute! How funny that each country has it’s own children’s classics!

2. Emilie | April 4, 2008 | Reply

Oh, I completely forgot about this book! I had it when I was a kid!

3. Katie | April 7, 2008 | Reply

Mais oui! I loved this book too! Somehow I had forgotten the French connection, but now that I have retrieved my old copy, I’ve noticed all the details of the French street scenes in the illustrations. Will start reading this to my 20-month old very soon!

4. The Diva | April 7, 2008 | Reply

This sounds like a great book and it would go perfect with the Circus Themed room that The Diva imagined for Fred Savage from the Wonder Years. Check out this cool room and the stunning bookshelf, a purrfet home for the Happy Lion. http://divaofdecor.wordpress.com/2008/03/26/should-the-savage-clan-join-the-circus/

Kisses,
The DIVA

5. Babyccino » My Secret Affair… | March 4, 2010 | Reply

[...] I bought a book called The Happy Lion for my son (A Babyccino favourite as Courtney wrote about here).  He illustrated the book written by his wife Louise Fatio.  We both (my son and I) immediately [...]

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