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Andy and the Lion
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Author James Daugherty
Illustrator James Daugherty
Cover artist James Daugherty
Country United States
Language English
Genre Picture book
Published 1938 by The Viking Press
Media type Print
Pages 80 pp
Awards Caldecott Honor Book, 1939
ISBN 978-0-6701-2433-6
OCLC 357682
LC Class PZ8.2.D27

Andy and the Lion, written and illustrated by James Daugherty, is a 1938 picture book published by Puffin Books. Andy and the Lion was a Caldecott Medal Honor Book for 1939 and was Daugherty's first Caldecott Honor Medal of a total of two during his career. Daughetry won the Caldecott Medal in 1957 for Gillespie and the Guards, which he both authored and Illustrated. Andy and the Lion was re-issued by Viking Press in 1967 in hardcover format. It was the fifteenth printing of March 1967. A modern retelling of the Androcles And The Lion common folktale about a young boy who loves to read about lions.


The story, written by Daugherty, is told in past tense from a second person point of view (a second-person narrative). It is written and illustrated by James Daugherty. There are illustrations on every page. The illustrations are in a gold color. The story is 80 pages long.


A little boy named Andy was so interested about lions that he went to the library and searched for a book about lions. That same night, his grandfather told him a bedtime story about lions. Andy was so fascinated about the story that he had a dream about lions that same night. The next day, on his way to school, Andy meets a real lion. The lion had a thorn stuck in his paw and Andy helps pull the thorn out. This action makes Andy and the lion friends. Later in the story, a circus comes to Andy's town and of course, Andy attends. During the lion act, one of the lions jumps out of the cage, into the audience, right in front of Andy. Andy thinks it's his last day of life. But lo and behold, it was his friend the lion, the very same one Andy had helped earlier to take the thorn out of his paw. Andy and the lion rejoice in excitement of seeing one another again. When the crowd attempts to capture the lion, Andy protects it. The next day, there is a parade and Andy and the lion are in the lead. Andy receives an award for bravery. At the end of the story, Andy returns the book about lions that he borrowed from the library, pulling his friend the lion behind him.

Spencer Collection

The New York Public Library Spencer Collection is home to James Daugherty original drawings, first published in 1938.

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