The Lion and the Gypsy, a children's picture book by Geoffrey Patterson. 1991 first edition.


Written and illustrated by Geoffrey Patterson. First edition, February 1991. Doubleday.

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"Geoffrey Patterson has created a highly original fable of the story behind Henry Rousseau's famous painting The Sleeping Gypsy.

"One day a gypsy sets out on a long journey to visit his parents in a village far away. Each day he walks with the sea at his right hand and the mountains at his left hand, and the white sand stretching out before him. Each evening the gypsy takes out his lute in the moonlight and plays music that reminds him of home. Four animals - a lion, an ibis, a scorpion, and a snake - are so drawn to the beautiful music that each day they follow the gypsy. Each night, hidden int he shadows, they listen to the gypsy play and watch over him after he falls asleep."

Geoffrey Patterson is a British illustrator, though he initially worked as a set-designer with BBC TV before venturing into children's literature in 1976. His works, which often blend educational content with engaging visuals, have established him as a prominent figure in children's publishing. Books include The Elephant's Child, Jonah and the Whale, The Oak, The Working Horse, The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg, and many others.
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Condition: Fine/Fine. Dust jacket. Illustrated cover boards. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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