Dennis Nolan Androcles And The Lion

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Androcles And The Lion

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Androcles, a runaway slave, is befriended by a lion when he removes a huge thorn from its paw. For years the two live to-gether in the desert, until soldiers capture Androcles and are ordered to throw him to the beasts. Led into the grand arena, Androcles falls to his knees, accepting his fate, but then he looks into the eyes of the lion and recognizes his old friend. Amid cheers from the crowd, Androcles and the lion are set free. The earliest version of the well-known tale, Apion’s eyewitness account, is the source for this dramatic retelling.

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Grade 1-3?A runaway slave, a ferocious lion, the barbarous entertainments of ancient Rome, and a random act of kindness combine in a fable that is as relevant today as it was 1950 years ago. This retelling of Androcles's flight from a cruel master into the Egyptian desert, his ministering to a wounded lion, and their resultant friendship derives its power from its succinct language and compelling illustrations. After Androcles is recaptured by Roman soldiers, the descriptions of the debauched emperor and the terror of Androcles as he awaits his horrible fate have an immediacy that makes this old story new again. His joy and relief when he is recognized in the arena by his old friend is palpable, especially as it follows a terrifying close-up of the lion in full roar. This version derives its veracity from its depiction of Androcles as a mature man, unlike Tom Paxton's Androcles and the Lion (Morrow, 1991) and Janet Stevens's Androcles and the Lion (Holiday, 1989), which feature younger, more exuberant protagonists. The cream-colored paper and golden-hued sketches with irregular borders resemble antique parchment. Nolan is equally adept at capturing the personalities of men and animals in his portraits. An appended author's note provides historical background and cites the source for this retelling. A solid addition to collections in need of a version more appealing to older readers.?Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ
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