A wonderful, beautifully illustrated tale of an unlikely friendship, based upon a true story
A plucky young owlet decides to try and find his own dinner one day, and so flies from the safety of his nest into the unknown world surrounding him. Little does he know that his nest is in a tree in the middle of a zoo?and he quickly finds himself face-to-face with a lion. Yet, instead of being eaten, the owlet and lion become friends. As the zookeeper tries in vain to rescue the owl, the owl comes up with a plan to help the lion escape too.
The Gentle Lion and Little Owlet Paperback edition by Alice Shirley
Alice Shirley is a graduate of the Byam Shaw School of Art (now part of the London Institute). She has worked with the sculptor Anthony Gormly and has recently finished a major illustration project called Squid In Ink for the Natural History Museum. Alice lives in London.
A plucky young owlet flies from the safety of his nest into the world surrounding him. His nest is in a tree in the middle of a zoo - and he quickly finds himself face-to-face with a lion. Instead of being eaten, the owlet and lion become friends. As the zookeeper tries to rescue the owl, the owl comes up with a plan to help the lion escape too.
A striking new look at Aesop's classic animal fables, reinterpreted and illustrated by Alice Shirley. this lavish new edition contains over 100 fables including all of the well-known classics such as The Hare and the Tortoise and The Fox and the Sour Grapes.
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