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Friday, October 7, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla

TITLE: A Lion to Guard Us 
AUTHOR: Clyde Robert Bulla
ILLUSTRATOR: Michele Chessare
PUBLISHER: HarperTrophy
DATE OF PUBLICATION: October 20, 1989 (first published 1981)
FORMAT: Paperback, 128 pages 
GENRE: Children's Nonfiction 
ISBN: 978-0064403337 


Amanda Freebold doesn't know what to do. Her father left three years ago for the new colony of Jamestown, in America, thousands of miles away. All Amanda has to remember him by is a little brass ion's head he gave his family to guard them while he is gone. Now her mother has just died, leaving Amanda to take care of her younger brother and sister.
As head of the family, Amanda finally decides to take her brother and sister to America to find Father. The ocean crossing is long and hard, and the children don't know whom to trust. But with the lion's head to guard them Amanda knows that somehow everything will work out fine. 


I read this book aloud to my kids. This is the 7th Bulla book that we have read, and we just love his historical fiction novels! He is a fantastic storyteller!

Although this book is a work of fiction, it is written about a true event: The sailing of the Sea Adventure with eight other ships in 1609 from Plymouth, England to Virginia which was then an English colony in the New World.

Bulla tends to write stories about children who, due to unfortunate circumstances, are put in leadership roles and who must grow up quickly. I love that Bulla writes such strong, independent characters for children to look up to. Amanda is a very responsible young girl who does the best she can to take care of her younger siblings without the aid of her parents. The ending left us with lumps in our throats!

MY RATING: 5 stars!! We loved it!


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