Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Lion In The Meadow (Picture Puffin)” as Want to Read:
A Lion In The Meadow (Picture Puffin)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Lion In The Meadow (Picture Puffin)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  221 ratings  ·  20 reviews
What would you do if you knew there was a lion in the meadow, but your mother wouldn't believe you and gave you a matchbox with a dragon to scare the away the lion... and in fact the dragon was there too?
Published May 25th 1995 by Puffin Bks (first published September 1st 1969)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Lion In The Meadow, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Lion In The Meadow

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice SendakThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric CarleGreen Eggs and Ham by Dr. SeussThe Cat in the Hat by Dr. SeussBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
Best Childhood Picture Books
106th out of 336 books — 372 voters
Life of Pi by Yann MartelThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. LewisBorn Free by Joy AdamsonOut of Africa by Karen BlixenThe Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
Big Cats
225th out of 274 books — 50 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 370)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
I'm still new to Margaret Mahy and this was a present from the guys at work. One of her more famous stories I believe. It's a nice warm story about the nature of stories and imagination and where the line between them and reality can blur, especially in the mind of a child.

Jenny Williams creates some modern and lovely artwork to fit the story with a lot of nice background details (great for a game of 'can you find..?). Plus, there's that great surprise splash page near the end.

This is the first
When a little boy tells his mother there is a lion outside, she assumes he is imagining it and advises him accordingly.

Simple and striking, this book plays with the boundaries between imagination and reality. I really like it except for the last page (view spoiler).
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
A 1001 CBYMRBYGU. A common theme I see in books for young children is parents who do not listen to their children. That’s the theme of this book. The little boy tells his mom that he sees a lion in the meadow, but his mother dismisses him. The pictures show the mother carrying on with her daily chores while the boy continues to move closer and closer to the lion. Eventually, the mother seeks to counter by telling the boy a tale of her own, but that has unexpected results.

The little boy said,
Graeme Cash
The version I grew up with was the 1986 reillustrated edition. Mahy first published A Lion in the Meadow in the New Zealand School Journal in 1965. It was published in book form in 1969. In the 1986 edition Mahy changed the ending to a more ‘kinder one’.

The story opens with a young boy telling his mother that he has seen a lion in the meadow. His mother dismisses his story as ‘nonsense’. The boy is still scared to go into the meadow so the boy’s mother decides to make up a story of her own. She
Margaret Mahy's A Lion in the Meadow is a fun and colourful children's book that blurs the lines between the real and imaginary worlds. Aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 8 years, the story is about a boy who spots a lion whilst playing in the meadow. Despite his protestations, his mother doesn't believe him and instead, decides to give the boy a matchbox and tells him that there's a dragon inside that will chase the lion away. However, the dragon turns out to be real so the lion and th ...more
I was not surprised to see that this story was initially published in 1969 because it had a beautiful classic feel to it, much like Hans Christian Anderson's work. In the end I am still uncertain if the lion in the story was real or a only part of the boys imagination. Leaving the story unclear does add a nice twist and allows for fun discussions with your kiddos about what they think happened, and most likely they will want to reread it to better form their opinion.
One of my favorites to use in story times... children really like the interactions between the mother and the boy, the boy and the lion, and how imagination is respected and yet not coddled as some cutesy thing. For those who can still imagine dragons in the garden and befriending lions in the meadow...and for those who want to.
Margaret Mahy is an inspiring award-winning author.

This story really opens the imagination up to wonderful adventures. The Lion in the Meadow is so descriptive.

I love how the story ends with a friendship.

Great illustrations by Jenny Williams.
There is a lion in the meadow, a little boy tells his mother. But of course his mother is busy, and rather than coming to look she tells him another story to 'fix' the problem of the lion.

Unexpected. Magical. True Margaret Mahy.
I have a really old (70's) copy of this, with different art work
which i LOVE!! but the story is short and meaningful to a child
very succinct - isn't that often the best way?
Classic, I prefer the older ending.
Cute, ? suitable for a storytimes?
Lisa Bywell
Recommended by Alexander
This didn't work for me. It felt like a few pages were missing.
Kid really likes this at 24 months. I like that it's about fear, and that some of the fear it diffuses, and some of it it just puts into the meadow on the other side of the house and decides to ignore, which is what we have to do with some fears. Also that the mother offers some protection, but cannot universally protect. It's nice for a child working through his own autonomy/independence in the world (ie a toddler).
Not the usual type of story that I would read / like,but I saw the book in the library and was curious enough to flick through the pages and decide to take it home with me to read properly. Glad I did because it is a beautiful story - not sure I completely understood it all at times, but still beautiful nonetheless.
My first library memory revolves around this book! Before I started school, my Mum found a copy in the withdrawn books area of Te Atatu South Library (of beloved memory) - and I still have that copy.
Fabulously vivid 70s illustrations accompany the story of a young boy and the 'imaginary' lion in the meadow.
Excellent story, happily bears re-reading as it is rather frequently requested. I think this copy was mine originally. The poor mother wears a lot of pink, is constantly cooking, and is punished for her lively imagination, but apart from that the story is a happy one.
Peter Millett
A classic children's book. Interesting that Margaret agreed to change the ending of her beloved book later in life. I've never seen that done before. I think the new ending is better though. A risk worth taking.
Melinda Szymanik
There is never anything ordinary about Margaret Mahy's books. If anything can make a child believe in the mystery and magic of the world it is this book. "Some stories are true and some aren't."
Karen Dransfield
Karen Dransfield is currently reading it
May 06, 2015
Marianne marked it as to-read
May 04, 2015
Grade 1
Grade 1 marked it as to-read
Apr 29, 2015
Georgina marked it as to-read
Apr 25, 2015
Maureen Sklaroff
Maureen Sklaroff marked it as to-read
Apr 20, 2015
Cláudia Costa
Cláudia Costa marked it as to-read
Apr 17, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 12 13 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch (Picture Books)
  • Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf
  • Come Away From The Water, Shirley
  • Haunted House
  • Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain
  • Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep (Candlewick Treasures)
  • John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat (Picture Puffin)
  • Mr. Majeika
  • Hairy Maclary Scattercat
  • The Real Thief
  • My Place
  • The Adventures of Maya the Bee
  • Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse
  • My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes
  • Dailan Kifki
  • Beegu
  • Pejsek a kočička
  • Badjelly The Witch: A Fairy Story
Margaret Mahy was a well-known New Zealand author of children's and young adult books. While the plots of many of her books have strong supernatural elements, her writing concentrates on the themes of human relationships and growing up.

Her books The Haunting and The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance both received the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association. There have 100 children's boo
More about Margaret Mahy...
The Changeover The Seven Chinese Brothers The Tricksters Bubble Trouble The Haunting

Share This Book