The Three Happy Lions by Louise Fatio and Roger Duvoisin, 1959 first edition.


Written by Louise Fatio. Illustrated by Roger Duvoisin. First edition, 1959. Whittlesey House, McGraw Hill Book Company. New York. Toronto. London.

"There was once ONE Happy Lion who lived in the zoo of a little French town.

"There were TWO Happy Lions, and that was better than one, for two are company.

" day...there were THREE Happy Lions.

"And that was even better than two, for the third Happy Lion was a baby, so pretty and so playful that all the children came to admire him."

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"Francois has a problem, however, and his parents are worried. A lion cannot remain a baby forever. Lions grow fast, and Francois must soon have a trade. But how many trades are open to lions these days? Not many.

"Francois is confused. But he is also a clever lion club..."

Louise Fatio Duvoisin (1904 - 1993) was a Swiss-American author of children's books. She wrote the "Happy Lion" series in collaboration with her husband, Roger Duvoisin, a Swiss-born illustrator.

Roger Duvoisin (1900 - 1980) was a Swiss-born American writer and illustrator, best known for his work in children's picture books. His career ranged from scenery design and textiles to beloved children's books. Duvoisin is remembered for the Caldecott Medal-winning White Snow, Bright Snow, the Happy Lion series, and the Petunia series.
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Condition: Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket: Price-clipped; on the front, small closed tear at top right corner and lower left; on the back, small green mark in top left; bumped at head and tail of the spine, with small closed tears at the head and a small scuff mid-way. Illustrated cover boards. Child's name and address in pencil on front paste-down and fly leaf. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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