Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff
They say March comes in like lion and goes out like a lamb,
so this month we picked some of our favorite books about (you guessed it!) lions and lambs.
Christian, the Hugging Lion
by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, illustrated by Amy June Bates
Two young men buy a lion cub at Harrods department store and bring him back to live in their London apartment. They name their new pet Christian, but as the cub grows older (and bigger!) and their paisley sofa begins to sag under his weight, they decide to return him to the wild. George Adamson of Born Free fame makes a cameo appearance in this funny, touching, and true story.
Mary and Her Little Lamb: The True Story of the Famous Nursery Rhyme
written and illustrated by Will Moses
When one of the mother sheep on her family’s farm rejects a frail newborn lamb, Mary Elizabeth Sawyer, a Massachusetts schoolgirl, raises it herself-- and the little lamb becomes a beloved pet that follows her everywhere. How this sweet story became the beloved nursery rhyme and song that we all know is the subject of Will Moses’ story-- and his illustrations (in a style similar to that of his great grandmother, "Grandma Moses") provide a fascinating glimpse into nineteenth- century farm life.
The Lion and the Mouse
illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
EASY J 398.2 LION
written and illustrated by Rainey Dohaney
Tinka is a teeny-tiny sheep who lives on McEwen's farm. She's a little lonely because she is so different from the other sheep. But she does have one friend who's just as tiny as she is-- Sooty the crow. It's Tinka's tininess that allows her to go on an amazing adventure that the others can only dream about! This sweet book features warm and fuzzy pastel-colored illustrations and would make a great bedtime tale.
In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
A wonderfully illustrated book that puts a story to the old saying, "March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb." Lion goes to a young boy's house, leaving a trail of snow flurries and muddy footprints, only to be calmed down when lamb arrives to bring in the spring.
Willoughby and the Lion
written and illustrated by Greg Foley
Willoughby has just moved to a new home that is too small and faraway from all of his friends. He feels very lonely. One morning he awakes to find a beautiful golden lion sitting on a rock in his back yard. The lion tells Willoughby he has the power to grant him 10 wishes. If he doesn't wish for the most wonderful thing of all, however, the lion will be stuck on the rock forever. Willoughby wishes for a larger home and faster shoes and a fun roller coaster to ride. He is almost out of wishes when he sits down with lion and discusses the great time he has had but also what he misses most. Will Willoughby's last wish free the lion from the rock? A wonderful way to share the lesson of being thankful for what we have and the value of a good friend.
Smudge, The Little Lost Lamb
by James Herriott, illustrated by Ruth Brown
Smudge is an adorable black-and-white lamb, who lives in Farmer Cobb's farmyard with his mother and many other animals. One fine spring day, though, Smudge decides to see the world outside Farmer Cobb's fence, and finds himself on a glorious adventure--until he discovers that he can't get back in!
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis, illustrated by
J FICTION LEWIS
When Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy go through a wardrobe, they enter the land of Narnia, where they encounter Aslan, the great lion. Aslan is the central character, and the only one to appear in all seven books of the Chronicles of Narnia. This classic story appeals to all ages.
by Paul Bright, illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
Mama and Papa Lion don't want any of the animals in the jungle to wake baby Leo from his nap. What will happen when an unexpected noisemaker rumbles onto the scene?
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