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Enchanted Lions

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  21 reviews
One evening, Rose looks out her window to see enchanted lions climb out of the sea. After she scratches one behind his ears, she climb onto his back for a breathtaking tour of the cosmos. They race with Monoceros the unicorn, jump-rope crescent moons, and are rescued from a black hole by Cetus, the whale. Once back home, they rub noses goodbye and the lions return to the s ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 14th 2009 by Dutton Juvenile
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Gundula
Feb 01, 2015 Gundula rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children who have dreamed of meeting the constellations, children interested in the universe
A sweetly poetic, gorgeously illustrated, imaginative and fantastical romp through the nighttime constellations astride a magical lion, Enchanted Lions is a wonderful bedtime story for any young child, but is especially suitable for children who are interested in outer space, the constellations, the vastness and mystery of the universe. Rose and her lion companion glide through the universe, past Pegasus, past Pisces, even engaging in a race across the vastness of space with Monoceros, the unico ...more
Lisa Vegan
Sep 17, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: Gundula
I do believe this is meant to be an enchanting bedtime story. I did enjoy the story rhyme and the dreamy (sometimes gorgeous) pictures. Somehow though I wasn’t entirely enchanted, and I might have been a tad scared or bored by this when I was at the 3-8 targeted age. It might be my mood because I’d have thought I’d have appreciated this book more than I did. 3 stars ...more
Bernice
A sweet bedtime story for children! As little Rose goes to sleep she is entertained by lions that have come out of the sea. She hops aboard one special lion that takes her all across the sky visiting all the constellations. On their journey she is almost pulled in by the black hole, but is able to lasso herself out and lands safely back at home. Back home she sees many other children saying goodbye to their lions, as she does the same to hers. With that final goodbye, Rose gets back into bed and ...more
Dolly
Mar 05, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a soothing and lyrical tale of a magical night/dream for a little girl named Rose. The illustrations are softly dark and have a mottled, textured look to them that enhances the dream-like vision. And the rhyming narrative is short and entertaining, but is also calming, perfect for reading to little ones before bed.

I have taken our girls to planetariums and to "star parties" sponsored by astronomy clubs and they love looking at the celestial bodies up close through the telescopes. This b
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Jodysegal
Nov 08, 2009 Jodysegal rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: PK-2
At bedtime one night, Rose spies a pride of enchanted lions emerging from the sea. When she beckons, one approaches and whisks her off on a magical ride through the heavens, before seeing her off safely to sleep. Enchanted Lions is meant to be shared aloud. Interesting language, full of rhythm, expression and image, complements exquisite illustrations in opalescent blues and greens and glowing tawny yellows. The author was inspired by Rousseau’s painting Sleeping Gypsy. The same warm resonance s ...more
Klara
Over the moon, baby. A girl goes on a magical bedtime ride through outerspace with a lion that comes out of the ocean. How awesome is that? Oh, and beautiful language, etc. First page:

"The sea is a maze of swirls;
The night is ablaze with pearls.
The blossoms of a pear tree
Suddenly rustle and sigh."

I wasn't going to pick this up but then I saw that the author is David T. Greenberg, the guy who wrote a hilariously disgusting picturebook I like called "Bugs!" and I'm glad I got to know the author's
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Kathryn
Sep 30, 2013 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathryn by: Gundula
A lovely, lyrical bedtime story telling of a girl's fantastical nighttime voyages with an enchanted (flying) lion. I enjoyed the poetic storytelling and found the illustrations suitably dreamlike and fantastical. I also enjoyed how various constellations magically come into play (i.e., they meet Pieces, Cetus the whale, and Pegasus) I was certainly enchanted ;-)
L13_Nicole Agee
Enchanted Lions take you on a magical ride through the starry night sky. Friendly Lions climb out of the sea, Rose and the lion swoop through outer space, and encounter the majesty of passing comets, asteroids, and crescent moons. This is a very whimsical and playful book with characters such as Pegasus the horse, unicorns, and a mighty whale. It describes an adventure any child would love to have before falling into a restful sleep.

The illustrations are beautiful and give you the sense that you
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Meleofa
A cute story. Truly enchanting.
RLL 520 Sharonda
A fantastic story about a young girl named Rose and her imagination. One day Rose is looking out of the window at the stars and her surroundings and she sees something amazing. What is it that she sees? On an adventure with a new friend Rose explores the evening sky before bedtime. This book would be a good read for k-3rd grade reader and could be used to introduce poetry. The illustrations are simple yet vibrant and help pull the reader into Rose's imagination.
Whole And


A wonderfully dreamy and magical story, visually delicate and rich, language stimulating and constellations to explore. The story told with rhyme and rhythm and so much more.

We loved entering Rose's world with every turn of the page.

A beautiful bedtime book to have.
Erin
Good for toddler or preschool storytimes.
Ashley
Great book; love the illustrations! Quite vivid!
Londa
Things I liked:
*The creative tale about riding lions into the cosmos. The prose was sweet and the pictures were lovely.

Just OK
*Granted my son is 8, but he was totally bored with this story. I can understand because while it was well written, I also found it a little yawn worthy.
Emily
Gorgeous book about lions from the sea - I guess a kid was confused by the idea of sea lions? And it mentions interstellar space. Not enough picture books mention interstellar space. Just saying.
Sam
I liked this story a lot. It was whimsical and original and perfect for bedtime. However, my daughter was bored and just didn't want to finish it.
Jenny
A whimsical, magical introduction to the night sky and to constellations as Rose climbs on a lion's back and sails through the air.
Celine Parker
A simple yet imaginative story with beautiful illustrations to match. A great story book to read to kids before bed.
Emily
I liked the illustrations. Pretty simple bedtime story.
Rachel
Dreamlike poetry and imagery. An enjoyable read.
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Dec 10, 2009 Tina added it
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