Parents' Guide to

Library Lion

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Lion of a tale proves libraries are for everyone!

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age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+
Wonderful message about inclusion. The book also shows why sometimes "RULES" should be broken and we should think for ourselves.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

It's easy to see why this terrific, engaging story has been received with such a roar, and why it has remained on the NYT Best Seller List for so long. This is a full-bodied story that will entertain readers of all ages, especially those who love libraries. Through its richly developed text and wonderfully sensitive illustrations, it does more than teach the obvious lesson. It also shows us that libraries are magical places, where amazing things can happen, people are friendly, and children and lions are accepted. Best of all, it celebrates libraries: What a wonderful thing it is that they are for everyone!

Connecting a lion to a library isn't as strange as you'd think. In fact, if you ever visit the New York City Library, you'll find twin statues of these regal animals guarding the main entrance. It's almost as if Michelle Knudsen and Kevin Hawkes have brought one of those amazing beasts to life in their award-winning book, LIBRARY LION. This gentle and funny book has been recognized by the Junior Library Guild, School Library Journal,, and Child's magazine as one of the best books of 2006. It also received the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2007 Platinum Award for excellence.

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