Reading Together: Little Lion by Saroo Brierley

Reading Together: Little Lion by Saroo Brierley

Books are best when they’re shared with the people we love. To get the most out of your picture book experience, ask each other these questions to deepen your understanding of the story. Not only will this give you another layer of insight as readers, but it’ll also encourage thoughtful questions and reflection for books in the future, whether that’s at home or in the classroom.

  • How did you feel while reading Little Lion?
  • Have you ever experienced being lost? What did you do?
  • Find Ganesh Talai, India, on a map. Now search for Hobart, Tasmania on the map. What do you think are the differences between these two places?
  • What do you think it would be like to go and live with another family in another country where you didn’t speak the language?
  • What things did Mr and Mrs Brierley do to make Saroo feel welcome in their home?
  • Which is your favourite picture in this book? Why?
  • How do you think Saroo felt when he was meeting his mum again after so many years?

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    Publisher details

    Little Lion
    Bruce Whatley, Saroo Brierley
    Puffin Books
    Children’s Picture Book
    03 November, 2020


    The extraordinary and inspiring true story that became an internationally bestselling book and award-winning film, Lion. Now a stunning picture book illustrated by multi-award-winning illustrator, Bruce Whatley. The extraordinary true story of survival that became an international bestseller and was made into the award-winning film, Lion, starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel. Now a stunning picture book illustrated by award-winning illustrator Bruce Whatley. Can you imagine being lost and not finding your way home again? Saroo Brierley became lost on a train in India when he was only five. He survived for weeks on the streets, before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by his Australian family. Despite being happy, Saroo always wondered about where he was from. And one day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for. This incredible true story celebrates the importance of hope and never giving up.
    Saroo Brierley
    About the author

    Saroo Brierley

    Books by Saroo Brierley

    Bruce Whatley
    About the author

    Bruce Whatley

    I spent the earlier part of my working life in advertising as an art director and illustrator but since 1992 I have written and/or illustrated over 60 children’s picture books published both in Australia and overseas. The award winning titles include The Ugliest Dog in the World, Looking for Crabs, Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase, Diary of a Wombat and Baby Wombat’s Week which took out the Australian Book Industry Award in 2010. Flood and The Little Refugee both were CBCA Honour books in 2012 and Nog and the Land of Noses a Notable book.My main inspiration has been my family, who feature in several of my earlier picture books. I use a variety of illustration medium including gouache, pen and ink, pencil, oils, watercolour and more recently CGI software. I aim to entertain and surprise the reader with illustration styles that vary considerably depending on the text and the age group of the audience.I often work with my wife Rosie Smith, who has co-authored several titles including Whatley’s Quest, Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase, Little White Dogs Can’t Jump, My Mum's the Best and Dad's the Coolest. In 2002 I formed a successful partnership with Jackie French resulting in the Award winning Diary of a Wombat series of books.Books released in 2010 include Hunting for Dragons, Zoobots which I illustrated with his son Ben, Monster – a collaboration with Andrew Daddo and another book with Jackie French, Queen Victoria’s Underpants.In 2011 titles included Nog and the Land of Noses (CBCA notable book 2012), Flood (CBCA shortlisted 2012) another collaboration with Jackie French, The Little Refugee (CBCA shortlisted 2012) with Anh Do and Tin Toys another book with Ben.I completed my PhD, in 2008 Left Hand Right Hand: implications of ambidextrous image making looking at the image making of the non-dominant hand discovering that in most people the ability to draw lies in using the ‘other’ hand.I am continually looking for new innovative ways to make images to tell my visual narratives. It's just an excuse not to grow up really! 

    Books by Bruce Whatley


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