A favorite book from 2016 was Jon Agee’s Lion Lessons. Agee’s crisp cover, showcasing a lion and boy in lion garb, delivered a witty tale (tale?) of a boy who wanted to become a lion. The best way to learn is, of course, by taking lessons and learning the steps from an expert in the field. This read-aloud beautifully and begged for some creative dramatics.
Caring for Your Lion by Tammi Sauer
A young boy is expecting a new pet; however, expecting a kitten, he is surprised to receive a lion (a lion is, after all, a slightly larger version of a cat). Now he is tasked to learn how one cares for a lion – it’s bound to be different than a kitten. Step by step, humorous details of life with a lion unfold. Feeding, litter-box training, and creating a space for play are integral to lion-care, as is a feather – it comes in handy to escape unexpected situations! Sauer’s witty text is enhanced with Cummings’s (The Notebook of Doom) bold, graphic illustrations. Case in point: the case cover, a pizza box, covered with toppings a lion would choose (veggie or meat?) A brilliant choice for working on sequencing, it can also springboard into research lessons using primary sources and databases. Imagine, after reading aloud, a lesson using the PebbleGo database to discover the actual needs and living environment of lions. Or taking notes observing lion behaviors as seen in a primary source: a lion webcam (does this one work? I can’t tell here in London!) Share with ages 4-8.
Caring for Your Lion releases May 2, 2017.
Cheers, y’all! 🙂 arika