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Inspiring Young Readers
It is difficult to choose a favourite book by this prolific and well- loved author illustrator but this one is definitely a strong contender for me. Of course, this is from a calm adult perspective because the various catastrophes that occur like misplacing a favourite toy might seem trivial but are often quite traumatic for younger readers. Whatever domestic disaster happens is always softened by the way it is portrayed using her distinctive pastel technique and warm colours. This particular edition is one of several books that are aimed at a slightly older audience. It has quite a lot of written text but it is the marvellously detailed and distinctive - illustrations that make it so special. The story is all about a boy, Lenny who is evacuated away from the blitz in London to live in the countryside.
This special edition includes stories from real-life evacuees, uncovered from the Imperial War Museums. Then, Lenny himself must go away, evacuated from his home and family to escape the bombing. Staying in a strange new place, Lenny gathers all his lion bravery, all his unicorn courage, and discovers that magic can happen, even in the most desperate of times. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young.
Buy this book from hive. Lenny keeps it with him when he has to be evacuated to a big house in the country. He misses his parents, and the other children there and at school are spiteful in teasing him. But, he finds a secret walled garden to escape. The book the lion and the unicorn is a lovely, special book about World War Two.