________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 20 . . . . May 29, 2009

cover My Stone Lion.

Ruowen Wang. Illustrated by Hechen Yu. Toronto, ON: Kevin & Robin Books, 2008.
24 pp., pbk. & hc., $9.95 (pbk.), $19.95 (hc.).
ISBN 978-1-897458-15-0 (pbk.),
ISBN 978-0-9738799-4-0 (hc.).

Grades 3-7 / Ages 8-12.

Review by Elaine Fuhr.

*** /4

excerpt:

When I was a little boy, I fell in love with all kind of lions. And I claimed this stone lion for my very own.

I used to spend a lot of time touching him, admiring him, and talking to him as if he were really alive.

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My Stone Lion is a beautiful story of a young boy who is fascinated by every kind of lion, but he loves one in particular, the stone lion that protects a house just down the street from his home. His grandfather takes him to see the lion almost every day. As the boy grows up, he notices that the lion has more cracks each year, and he wonders why. The little boy and his family move away, and he no longer gets to visit his lion every day. Grandpa becomes ill and dies, leaving the boy missing his close friend and his stone lion. As the boy becomes a young man in high school, he longs to visit the lion again. Eager to do so, he doesn`t pay attention to his science lesson about acid rain. Instead, he daydreams about his visit and the many memories from his childhood. But his visit to his old friend, the stone lion, proves to be a science lesson in itself.

     This enchanting tale is written simply through the thoughts of a little boy who loves lions. The use of uncomplicated language makes this book appropriate for the young reader or the older child with reading challenges. The colourful, detailed illustrations by Hechen Yu add appeal and enhance the story.

Highly Recommended.

Elaine Fuhr, a retired teacher, lives in Alberta.

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