These books offer tales of lions and lambs for young readers

Posted Online: Feb. 28, 2013, 11:32 pm
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By Dee Anderson
Whether or not March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, why not read about these animals? Here are some suggestions for young readers:

-- In Barbara Brenner's easy reader, "Lion and Lamb Step Out," two friends share adventures.

-- When Louise Fatio's "The Happy Lion" leaves the zoo, he wonders why everyone runs from him.

-- Don Freeman's "Dandelion" discovers the importance of being oneself.

-- Michelle Knudsen's "Library Lion" makes himself at home in the local library.

-- The nearsighted heroine of Thomas McKean's humorous "Hooray for Grandma Jo!" entertains a lion, mistaking him for her grandson.

-- African folk tales include Jana Carson's "The Mighty Little Lion Hunter" and Nancy Raines Day's "The Lion's Whiskers," in which an Ethiopian woman gains the necessary patience to win her stepson's love by trying to get a lion's whiskers.

-- In folk-tale style, Mwenye Hadithi's "Lazy Lion" "explains" why lions don't have homes.

-- Fables include Gail Herman's "The Lion and the Mouse" (for beginning readers) and Jerry Pinkney's "The Lion and the Mouse" (wordless), plus Dennis Nolan's "Androcles and the Lion."

-- In James Daugherty's "Andy and the Lion," a contemporary version of the last, a boy befriends a circus lion.

-- Read the true story of a cub raised in London and released in Kenya in Justin Richardson's "Christian, the Hugging Lion" and Anthony Bourke's "Christian the Lion" (picture books) and Bourke's "Christian the Lion" (for intermediate readers).

-- Teens might like Joy Adamson's "Born Free," the true story of a lioness, and Bourke's "A Lion Called Christian."

-- Cathy Hapka's "A Lion's Pride" (photo essay) and Elizabeth Carney's "Everything Big Cats" (for older readers) tell about lions in the wild.

-- A lamb outwits a predator in Verna Aardema's Mexican folk tale, "Borreguita and the Coyote."

-- In Rob Lewis' "Friska, the Sheep That Was Too Small," the flock ridicules Friska -- until she saves their lives!

-- Nancy Shaw's "Sheep Out to Eat" enjoy the grass outside the restaurant more than the food served inside.

-- A funny mix-up befalls the woolly characters in Jocelyn Wild's "Florence and Eric Take the Cake."

-- Sing the text to "Mary Had a Little Lamb" with versions illustrated by Tomie de Paola, Mary Ann Hoberman, and Iza Trapani.

-- Picture books about shepherds and sheep include Debi Gliori's "The Snow Lambs," Martin Hall's "Charlie and Tess," Gail Carson Levine's "Betsy Who Cried Wolf," plus Kim Lewis' "Floss" and "Shepherd Boy." A pig herds sheep in Dick King-Smith's novel "Babe."

-- Picture books featuring sheep and their wool include Terri Sloat's rhyming "Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep" and Barbara Brooks Wallace's "Argyle," in which a sheep turns different colors, depending on its food.

-- True stories include Judy Dunn's photo essay "Little Lamb" and James Herriot's "Smudge, the Little Lost Lamb."

-- Enjoy Katy Hall's "Sheepish Riddles."

For other book titles, search the automated catalog at libraries and at on computers for "lions" and "sheep." Browse numbers 599.757 (lions) and 636.3 (sheep).
Check It Out, covering the world of family literature and written by local librarian Dee Anderson, runs monthly.


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