A lion in the library? Oh, my!

Summary:

One day, a lion shows up at the public library. Why? Because he loves reading. He also discovers that storytime with the librarian is very interesting! Soon, the lion starts coming to the library every day. Not just to attend story time, but also to help Miss Merriweather, a librarian who is glad to see the lion every day. Unfortunately, Mr. McBee, another librarian, has a different opinion: a lion is not needed at a library.

When Miss Merriweather falls off her stool and breaks her arm, the lion can't help her. So he runs to Mr. McBee and roars at him. Mr. McBee gets mad at the lion for breaking the rules by roaring and kicks him out of the library! Ashamed, the lion stops going to the library. It isn't long before Mr. McBee realizes he was wrong. But will he invite the lion back to the library? 


BTSYA / Teen Reader (15):
Overall, I recommend this book for elementary school students for its lovable plot, happy ending, and positive messages. This book has several important points. First, it demonstrates that some rules can be broken. Sometimes there is a great need to break them. When the lion roars at Mr. McBee, he knew that it was breaking the rule but decided that saving Miss Merriweather was more important. Second, it spreads the love for reading, showing that even a lion loves story time.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Lovely illustrations and a big-hearted lion take center stage in this book that celebrates reading, friendship, kindness, and apologizing for our mistakes!

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This is a picture book layered with themes that will grow with your reader.
Educational Themes:

There are several layers to The Library Lion, so be on the lookout for what part of the story your child attaches to first. Start there, and then build into other areas. 

  • Friendship
  • Kindness and helping others
  • Curiosity, learning, and reading
  • Mistakes, apologies, and acceptance
  • Behavior (following the rules, exceptions)
  • Problem-solving: were there other ways Lion could have helped besides roar?
Reading Level:
2.8
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 10
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a story you can read before going to the library or anytime. The lessons and what they get out of the story will grow with your child.

Title Library Lion
Author Michelle Knudsen
Publisher Candlewick Press, Walker Books Group © 2006
Illustrators Kevin Hawkes
ISBN 9780763622626
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Animal Character, Growing Up, Library
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