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Leo … My Life with the Lion (The Kid in the Hat Collection, Volume 3)
A friendship that has spanned 40+ years.
Leo … My Life with the Lion (The Kid in the Hat Collection, Volume 3), chronicles some highlights of the alliance between two boys that spans more than 40 years. The friendship was born in Texas and launched one evening in the late 1960s when the “Lion” was prepared to take on several antagonists on behalf of the author, either one at a time or all at once … those were the choices Leo imparted to them. The adversaries departed without making either selection and the author felt as though he’d just heard that classic line from the Alan Ladd film, Shane, “I’m a friend of Joey’s” echoing through the parking lot.
For decades, every time the author has heard the timeless tune, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, his soul has been filled with warmth, love, and the memory of an unshakable friendship with this man, especially when he roars this legendary melody into the author’s ears regardless of the time or distance between them.
“Under the magnetism of friendship the modest man becomes bold; the shy, confident; the lazy, active; and the impetuous, prudent and peaceful” wrote William Makepeace Thackeray. This author would like to think that he fits nicely into one of these categories, given the audaciousness acquired during his life with Leo … the Lion.