Jim's Lion by Russell Hoban

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A young boy who is afraid of the operation that can help him get well learns to overcome his fear with the help of a caring nurse.
 

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Russell Hoban (1925–2011) once described himself as “an addict to writing” and wrote more than fifty books for children, including such classics as Bedtime for Frances and How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen. With Candlewick, he was the author of The Sea-Thing Child, illustrated by Patrick Benson, Soonchild, also illustrated by Alexis Deacon, and Rosie’s Magic Horse, illustrated by Quentin Blake.Alexis Deacon created the acclaimed picture books Slow Loris, While You Were Sleeping, and Beegu, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year. He is also the illustrator of Russell Hoban’s Soonchild. Alexis Deacon lives in London.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by WALKER BOOKS LTD. 40 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Plump little Jim, who debuted in Jim Hedgehog and the Lonesome Tower (p.

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Plump little Jim "liked his music loud and he liked it heavy," but he doesn't know how to read music--an inconvenient fact discovered by his mother after Mr. Strange (a stoat) sells them a recorder cheap.

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Ultimately, his lion is the source of the strength and courage he needs to be able to recover sufficiently to come home for Christmas.

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Jim Hedgehog, an avid heavy-metal fan, buys an audiocassette from Mr. Strange, a stoat wearing sunglasses and a polka-dotted tie.

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While Hoban (The Mouse and His Child) sensitively develops the relationship between Jim and Bami, the book's discussions about illness may lead children to worries they might not otherwise have considered (e.g., when Jim's parents ask whether he will get better, the doctor answers ominously, "It ...

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Gr 4–6—Jim lies sick in the hospital, afraid that he won't survive his upcoming operation. Nurse Bami assures him that everyone has a "finder" to guide them through their dreams and that Jim's finder will bring him back from wherever the doctors send him. That night, Jim dreams of a lion; he has ...

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