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The Lion's Own Story: 04/05/08
I grew up loving Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon series so whenever I see any of Johnson's other books I must read them.
Had I run into The Lion's Own Story as a child, I would have loved it. I have a favorite stuffed cat toy (who once was tiger striped) and have had him since I was 18 months old. The Lion's Own Story is eight short chapters all told as conversations between Ellen and her toy lion.
Ellen's imagination is always dreaming up marvelous adventure stories for Lion, while he takes a more conservative approach to telling his story. When Ellen asks him where he came from, expecting stories of a life in the jungle, he replies with a brief description of the toy store where he was purchased. Each of the chapters continues on this line; the lion tries to give Ellen practical advice and Ellen continues to be an adventurous child.
The Lion's Own Story is the sequel to Ellen's Lion (1959). I borrowed the book from my local library and would some day like to own both books.