Helen Stephens is a wonderful children’s illustrator and author I recently discovered. Her stories about Iris and the Lion are delightful. Her words and illustrations complement each other and, even though she presents us with a fantastical situation (a small girl trying to hide a Lion) the story really touches your heart.

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The lesson that we learn from Iris is quite exceptional. Iris doesn’t let appearances impede her from helping out someone, in this case a Lion in need.

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Through Iris’s kindness, the Lion learns that not all humans are out to get him. When a terrible situation occurs, the Lion goes out of his way to help the townspeople. The Lion isn’t resentful.

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At the end of the story, the Lion and the townspeople reconcile and all is well. Iris and the Lion begin a beautiful friendship.

You can read the story here.

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