Thursday, March 07, 2013

Lions & Lambs: Picture Books for Spring

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb by Marion Dane Bauer

Noisy and fun, this picture book interprets its titular adage quite literally. As March arrives, a fierce (and rather rude) lion roars and scratches outside a child's window -- and then comes stomping inside, tracking mud everywhere! But as the month progresses and pollen begins to tickle the lion's nose, he sneezes...and a sprightly spring lamb skitters in on the breeze. For another springtime read with a bit each of both rain and sunshine -- as well as palpable anticipation of better weather -- check out Julie Fogliano's wonderful And Then It's Spring.

Mary and Her Little Lamb: The True Story of the Famous Nursery Rhyme - by Will Moses

Did you know that the song "Mary Had a Little Lamb" is based in fact? This folk-art-style illustrated book tells the story of Mary Elizabeth Sawyer, who lived in Sterling, Massachusetts and attended the Redstone Schoolhouse in Sudbury. She loved animals, especially the sheep on her family's farm, and after she rescued a runt of a newborn lamb and nursed it to health, Mary's lamb really did follow her to school. This very sweet story explains how, after that incident, the famous song came to be -- and may make you appreciate it anew!

If I Were a Lion by Sarah Weeks

How could such a sweet little red-haired girl's mother accuse her of being wild? Worse still, how could she possibly make her sit in the time-out chair? That's precisely what this little girl wonders as she sits in the chair and lets her imagination.  unruly animals take over the kitchen and living room-snorting, charging, and growling as they break dishes, overturn furniture, and create messes.   Sharp-eyed readers will enjoy spotting the toys being blamed for the disasters; the endpapers, with numerous stuffed animals strewn haphazardly across them, provide another clue.  

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