Andy and the Lion
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Andy and the Lion

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Andy was not afraid to meet a real lion...but he never suspected that a lion could be afraid of him, or that one might actually need his help.
Paperback, 72 pages
Published March 1st 1989 by Puffin (first published 1938)
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As for "Andy and the Lion" (apologies, my link to the book is not working), I had mixed feelings.

As has been a constant thread in our discussion of these early books, it is a piece of its time. I tried to see it as a child, especially a young boy, of the day would see it--putting himself in Andy's position on the thrilling visits to the circus and hunting lions. But, as present day animal-loving, vegan adult, I found those sections distressing rather than exhilarating.

On the other han...more
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1939 Caldecott Honor

I loved seeing all of the details in the picture like his dog peeking around the bookshelf in the library and the headline in the newspaper that his dad was reading. Funny how Andy's parents are dressed up in a very fancy way, but he is barefoot and in overhauls.
I am reading early Caldecott winners and honors with the picture book club on the Children's Book group. I read this with my daughters. My 5 year old loved this book. As soon as I finished reading, she begged me to read it again...right now. Andy reads a book about lions and begins to dream about lions and think about lions until one day he meets a lion. He is scared and runs around a rock...and so does the lion. The lion is just as scared of him as he is of the lion. Andy is able to help the li...more
Katelynn Callahan
This book is about a boy named Andy who loves to read. In the first part of the book, he went to the library to get a book and he read all day long. Before he went to bed his grandfather told him a story about hunting lions in Africa. All night Andy dreamed that he was hunting lions. When he woke up, all he could think about were lions. In the second part of the book, Andy heads off to school. On his way to school he runs into a real lion. The lion and Andy are both afraid of each other at first...more
Jonathan Ryal
This book would not be a top recommendation for somebody with a short attention span and a lack of comprehension. The story of Andy and the Lion has three parts. The first part introduces us to Andy, him grabbing a book on lions, and then after reading the entire day listening to his grandpa tells stories of hunting lions. Part 2 has Andy run into a lion. I take that it is real but they don’t ever give much about a lion appearing by school. I understand it is fantasy but they don’t give the impl...more
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Matthew Henson
This is another good book about having imagination. It is about a young boy named Andy whose grandfather reads him a story . Then the following day meets a lion and helps out a lion who has a thorn stuck. Later he meets the same lion again at the circus after almost being attacked. I believe that the Arthur is telling readers that once you become friends with anyone that time can past and when meeting them once again the friendship starts from where it was left off.
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 man...more
Of the 1939 Caldecott award winners this is the one I would have chosen. It is a very fun and imaginative and we loved the pictures and story.
Andy reads about lions and then meets a lion and helps him. I liked the ending--it shows Andy going back to the library for more books!
Apr 17, 2013 Margaret rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Margaret by: Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten
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 curricu...more
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 thor...more
Ashleigh Smithers
Andy and the Lion was a very cute and invent fill book. There were many things that happened in this book. I liked the storyline of this book as it went through what felt like one day when really it was multiple days. The lion I thought in the beginning was going to be bad and mean from the story the grandfather told but ended up that they became friends. I like how the author told the story through the child’s perspective. Most children do focus on something for days and imagine it happening in...more
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...more
Haley Neidig
I loved this book! The idea of being excited by books is a great one to teach. The story is simple but fun with a happy ending.
Matthew Meehan
A very unique book, Andy and The Lion, is a Caldecott runner up. It has numerous odd page turns, many of them coming in the middle of a sentence. Personally, I thought it was a nice writer's touch becuase it keeps the children, and reader, on their toes. Another part that I thought was great was how we find out that Andy's father is a lion hunter, hence, giving sympathy for the lions to the reader and audience for when Andy finds his lion. The illustrations are also unique, being in only black a...more
Karly Kovac
I really enjoyed reading this book! I thought the little boy had a great imagination and it keeps children thinking what is going on is real the whole time until at the end it says he is off to return his book to the library. While I was reading I was trying to figure out if he was dreaming or imagining the story but i didn't even realize that he was reading a book and imagining himself in the book. I really liked the concept of the story and the little boys imagination. It looks like an older b...more
Alexus Rodriguez
This book was very cute. It was about a little boy named Andy who is absolutely obsessed with lions. One day after his grandpa tells him a story about his favorite creatures, he dreams about them that night. Well coincidentally, the next day Andy meets and lion and pulls a nasty thorn out of his foot. This book goes on to say about how they become good friends and what it's like to have true friendship. This book would be a very good life lesson to my little students and I hope that it would exp...more
I thought it was interesting how the illustrations were done in black and orange, while it was a nice idea, I found some of the pictures to be slightly messy and hard to look at. I also thought that leaving the sentence hanging in the middle and having to turn the page to finish it annoying. I wouldn't recommend this book, the story wasn't very impressive and the pictures weren't anything spectacular.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
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Luz Herrera
I loved this book! I reminded me of another movie or book where a lion got something stuck in its paws, but i totally forgot. It was a good story for kids also.It gave me a good message of being kind to othere's even if there apperance is scary (like a lion).Also kids can learn about lions too!. I believe kids will be intrigued with the picture book because of the colors and the yellow in the book.I would probabley read this book to my class before going to the zoo or maybe a circus trip!
Confession: I've always avoided this book because the copy in my library is old and ugly. When I read it, however, I realized it was familiar from childhood!

Resolution: Buy a fresh copy! I love the way the storyline pauses for a page turn at various points - an inventive way to add tension and keep pictures perfectly matched to the action. This will make a fun read aloud.

Illustrations are black line drawing with orange wash. Figures are sketched in a rounded style.
I loved this book. Ever since i was young i have always been fascinated with animal books that had lions in them, so i can relate to Andy. I found it funny that he keeps a pair of pliers with him. My friends tell me i carry the most random objects around in my bag. I loved how the story was written. I also loved the pictures. I thought it was hilarious how andy thought he was about to be eaten and the lion turned out to be the same lion he had helped previously.
Chelsea Christophel
I thought this book had very simple vocabulary with great pictures to go along with it. While the pictures were great, I think that the lack of color could have children bored easily. The story is about a boy who can't stop thinking about lions until one day he encounters one of his own. The lion and the boy later become friends which I think is very appealing to children who enjoy animals and use their imaginations to talk to them as well.
James Daugherty did quite a great job writing and illustrating this children's book. Daugherty definetly caught the attention from children with Andy's imaginative nature. Andy went on a wild adventure just from reading a book. Teacher's could use this book when trying to get children to understand the joys of reading. Overall, wonderful underlying theme with enhancing illustrations to catch the readers attention!
This book may be old yet I still enjoy using it for a read aloud for younger children to introduce the genre of adventure books. Read the right way it can still be a wonderful book. I like the black and white pencil drawings. There are several places that allow for predictions in this story. This book works well for literary skills of recall and retell as well as sequencing of events. Caldecott 1939 Honor book
I had this book from when I was a kid and I was crazy enough to give it away when my best freind had a baby. I doubt that it was saved. I think maybe I'll buy me a new one. It was one of my favorites, still remember the staory and the beautiful illustrations. I can remember the drawing of the lion sweating with pain as the boy prepares to remove the thorn he has in his paw. I miss my book!
I love this book. It's a great retelling of the fable of Androcles and the Lion--already a good reason to read it--but it's also beautifully paced for a read-aloud, and is full of fresh, funny details, like Andy's convenient back-pocket pliers, and the way the characters tumble head-over-heels as the thorn is taken from the paw. The book was first published in 1938, but my first graders were charmed.
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