Leon's SongAuthor Stephanie Simpson McLellan Illustrated by Dianna Bonder ISBN 9781550418156 Binding Trade Paper Publisher Fitzhenry & Whiteside Publication Date October 11, 2005 Size 254 x 229 mm
Leon is an old frog. In truth, he is not much to look at and he can be a little timid. But Leon is content with his quiet life on the pond. Other frogs are more handsome and can swim faster and leap higher. Leon is all right with that; he loves to watch the others and admire their talents. But when Leon hears Romeo, his heart aches for Romeo is the greatest singer on the pond. Leon's humble croak is nothing like Romeo's rich tones. More than anything, Leon wishes he could sing. When Romeo opens his mouth, all the pond dwellers are spellbound. And although it hurts him to know that he will never match Romeo's talent, Leon is inspired by the music to dream of a time when he too might make a difference.
Leon isn't going to have to wait very long. Something is about to happen that will threaten the pond dwellers and their way of life forever. And to protect them all, Leon will find a talent that no one knew he possessed.
A gentle and moving story about love and loyalty, Leon's Song will inspire readers to find the qualities that make them special and, more importantly, to appreciate others for their unique talents.
- Short listed for the Blue Spruce Award
- 2005-2006 Chocolate Lily Award nominee
- Will make you want to croak out loud!
"This story may be used to show children that they, too, may have hidden talents."
— School Library Journal
"The language is one of the things that makes this picture book special. Stephanie Simpson McLellan . . . has a gift for finding just the right word."
— Canadian Materials
"[Dianna Bonder has painted friendly, often dreamy-looking frogs amid scenes of soft blues, greens, and browns. These full-page illustrations are remarkable for their sense of movement, their almost-palpable vibrations. Looking at the pictures, you can practically hear the aquatic chorus."
— Quill & Quire
"The fundamental concept of the special skills or talents an individual holds is one that many have confronted at some point in their life. While "self-concept" is a core theme of many children's books, Leon's Song uses lyrical words and powerful imagery to draw her readers into Leon's quest - and ultimate discovery - of his personal gifts to his world."
— ABC Canada Literacy Foundation
"There's something just a little more special about a 32-page book that not only delivers gorgeous artwork, but manages also a fairly involved story with characters you can care about and even some plot. . . [Stephanie Simpson McLellan and Dianna Bonder created a tiny epic worthy of the most enthusiastic little readers."
— January Magazine
Dianna Bonder is the illustrator of A Pacific Alphabet, and Three Royal Tales. Accidental Alphabet, which she wrote and illustrated, was selected for the DOCET exhibition in Bologna, Italy.