The Cowardly Lion by Bingbo

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His tale of friendship conquering fear is undercut by the jokey finish, when Telulu shrinks back to the size of his mouse friend when the two are scared by another leaf. But collections looking to expand international offerings could do worse, though there is nothing notably specific to the culture of China in the story or illustrations.
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“The Cowardly Lion” is a beautiful heartwarming tale about friendship and the importance of courage and loyalty. An unfortunate lion Telulu keeps running away from other creatures, getting physically smaller and smaller each time – until he’s the size of a mouse. With the forest animals cheering lion on, he faces his fears and returns to normal size with the mouse still his closest friend.
 

About Bingbo

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Award-winning Chinese author Bingbo Zhao has published more than 370 children's stories, and has won over fifty awards for his work, including the Chinese National Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature twice, the Soong Ching Ling Children’s Literature Award, and the Bing Xin Children’s Literature Award. His writing style is lyrical and delicate. Bingbo now teaches children's literacy in China as well as continuing to write and publish his work.
 
Published July 1, 2016 by Starfish Bay Publishing. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.
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Below average
on Apr 13 2016

His tale of friendship conquering fear is undercut by the jokey finish, when Telulu shrinks back to the size of his mouse friend when the two are scared by another leaf. But collections looking to expand international offerings could do worse, though there is nothing notably specific to the culture of China in the story or illustrations.

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