The Story of King Lion by Sibylle von Olfers

The Story of King Lion

Written by Sibylle von Olfers
Illustrated by


The Story of King Lion by Sibylle von Olfers

King Lion is having a feast. All his animal subjects bring their favourite meal -- saltwater lemonade from the fish, snail sausages from the hedgehog and thistle salad from the donkey. But which dish will King Lion like the best? From the author of The Story of the Root Children, this tale from the animal kingdom is told in lively rhyming verses, and beautifully illustrated in classic art nouveau style. This is the first time this book has been published in English.


'This story is clever for the way in which it makes children think about acts of giving and sharing through a variety of much-loved animals, each bringing an offering we would traditionally associate with them almost creating a game of recognition and association. Sibylle von Olfers depicts the animal kingdom in decorative art nouveau style ... Her precise stylised illustrations of plants have the feel of gentle nineteenth century botanical prints ... a joy to read and share with older readers who can appreciate its finer points.'

'[A]n entertaining story that shows the habits of the animal kingdom.'

About the Author

Sibylle von Olfers' (1881-1916) blend of natural observation and use of simple design has led to comparisons with Kate Greenaway and Elsa Beskow. Her other published works include The Story of the Root Children and Princess in the Forest.

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24 pages
Interest Age: From 4 to 6 years


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Floris Books

Publication date

10th January 2013



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