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An affectionate storybook tribute to that truly wonderful place: the library.Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren't any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very weAn affectionate storybook tribute to that truly wonderful place: the library.Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren't any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how. Michelle Knudsen's disarming story, illustrated by the matchless Kevin Hawkes in an expressive timeless style, will win over even the most ardent of rule keepers....

Title : Library Lion
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ISBN : 9780763622626
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 42 Pages
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Library Lion Reviews

  • Ann
    2019-04-25 03:19

    What a sweet and touching story! The book is about a lion who decides to visit the library and stays. He helps out amongst the library staff and the children love him! And when someone falls and gets hurt, the lion must decide how to save them - even if it means breaking the rules.The book is filled with beautiful pictures and a heartfelt writing style. The main characters are each unique and distinct. And there is a great message about rules being rules, but that even rules can be broken if there's a really good need for it.

  • Margaux
    2019-05-01 21:55

    If I cry for a book it gets five stars.

  • Rikke
    2019-05-21 03:02

    This is perhaps one of the cutest things I've ever read. Lions, libraries and love. What more can you ask for, really?

  • Robert
    2019-05-04 01:56

    Should a children’s book aim to teach important lessons to kids or just exist to entertain? This is a false choice and Library Lion shows just how possible it is to do both. I loved this book about a lion who falls in love with story time at the library, breaks the rules – by roaring in protest when story time is over – and is allowed to stay only on the condition that he obeys all of the rules from then on. Eventually there is a choice to be made between following the rules and roaring to fetch help for someone who is hurt, and the lion chooses to roar and face his punishment. This book is quite plain about the key lesson it is trying to teach – that even good rules may need to be broken for the right reason – but, although the story was clearly written with that lesson in mind, it never strikes a false note in playing to its theme.Children often relish stories with obvious morals – some of Aesop’s fables have stood the test of time and are still relished today, and the lesson of Goldilocks and the Three Bears is grasped again and again with glee as the story is enjoyed by generation after generation of preschoolers. But some stories with morals can be didactic or simply solemn, weighed down by the burden of an Important Lesson. This story, though, is anything but heavy and is completely natural and uncontrived. The illustrations make a fine first impression, drawn with such charm that they are certain to sway anyone even the slightest bit susceptible to such things: the lion manages to be both strong and cute (maybe even adorable, especially when he dusts the encyclopedias with his tail!) and the expressions of the people in the story are filled with life. The story is just as charming and lively, while also having more than a little drama. But almost every twist and turn has a kind of moral fiber in it that is enjoyable and fulfilling because it comes naturally out of the story and the characters. I had fun mulling over some of the less obvious moral lessons tucked away in this little story. One is the basic moral choice behind civil disobedience: when the lion breaks the rules, he’s willing to take the penalty, in this case, never returning to the library. Another is the principle of judging people by their actions, rather than by who they are or where they are from. Mr. McBee clearly thinks that lions – just because they are lions – don’t deserve even the chance to be in the library; Miss Merriweather (a woman of some perspicacity) allows the lion to stay as long as he obeys the rules. There’s also, in the book’s final pages, a poignant lesson in empathy and treating others as you’d like to be treated. The lion is gone from the library and it seems likely that Mr. McBee is at least unconcerned by the lion’s absence –it never sat well with him to have a lion in the library in the first place. But one evening he stops by Miss Merriweather’s office on his way out:“Can I do anything for you before I go, Miss Merriweather?” he asked her.“No, thank you,” said Miss Merriweather. She was looking out the window. Her voice was very quiet. Even for the library.(Never mind how delicious I find that fragment “Even for the library.”) Mr. McBee understands Miss Merriweather’s pain and knows what will make her happy so, instead of going home, he goes in search of the lion. It’s a moment of sweet redemption for the previously unlikeable Mr. McBee and in the end there are no “bad guys” in this story. That’s another lesson and, although it may not always come true, I find nothing wrong with the idea that anyone – or everyone – may be redeemed in the end.I don’t want to give the wrong impression of this book – I love it because it is adorable, exciting and emotionally fulfilling. I love it in my gut, because it is fun and because I just plain enjoyed it (and because the pictures are so charming), not for its moral clarity. But the fact is that, just as in life, the lessons in this story are impossible to separate from the story itself.

  • babyhippoface
    2019-04-24 02:58

    A lion in the library? Well...give him a chance. As long as he's not breaking any rules (like roaring in the library), he can stay. But what happens when there's a problem, and a friend needs help? Is it okay to roar then? Hawkes' illustrations have an old-fashioned, soft, kind of washed-out look to them, echoing the idea that the library is a place for muted voices (again--no roaring). Even very young children can read the lion's expressive face and understand how it's feeling at various points in the story. I also love that Miss Merriweather is progressive enough to consider the idea of allowing a lion in the library (that tuft on the end of its tail makes a terrific feather-duster, after all) yet conservative enough that, even in pain, she issues the reminder, "No running!" :)This is a good book to use at the beginning of the school year to introduce library rules. Before reading it, though, ask the question, "Is it ever okay to break the rules?" You'll get all kinds of different answers, and the discussion can naturally turn to library rules.

  • Nadine Jones
    2019-05-02 02:54

    There aren't enough wonderful adjectives in my vocabulary for me to be able to adequately express just how very wonderful the lion is. This story has it all: excitement, satisfaction, comedy, drama, melodrama, jealousy, suspicion, angst, sorrow, and joy. There's a lion ... In the library!

  • Skip
    2019-05-06 21:02

    A delightful children's book, with quality illustrations. And a moral message too. A strict librarian runs a tight ship, and nobody is quite sure what to make of a lion, who likes to be there. Turns out that he is a nice addition to the library, especially when things go wrong and he has to break the rules.

  • Kathryn
    2019-04-28 03:11

    Absolutely wonderful!!! I loved it!!! Great for cat-lovers and library-lovers. Please, Library Lion, come to the El Dorado Hills library! ;->

  • Renée Paule
    2019-04-27 23:07

    Absolutely wonderful book with a moral.

  • Brina
    2019-05-09 22:56

    This is one of our top five kids books ever. My kids are for the most part past the read to me stage but we love this book about a lion in the library so much that it ends up in our house every two to three months or so.

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-05-02 18:57

    I enjoyed the terrific illustrations by Kevin Hawkes; they really make the book special. I love libraries, lions, and encouraging kids to think for themselves, in addition to learning to follow the rules. This book has all that.

  • معصومه توکلی
    2019-05-04 19:03

    آن یک ستاره را صرفاً به دلیل حسادتم به شیر و سایر اعضای کتاب خانه ی مذکور کم کردم نقطه

  • Evelyn Morgan
    2019-05-01 23:15

    I saw a recommendation for this book on Goodreads. I checked it from the library. What a lovely children's book! The story is so funny and unique. The illustrations by Kevin Hawkes are just enchanting. I've always loved to visit libraries from the time I discovered their existence. This story of a lion who loves to visit the library is endearing and also has a moral. Sometimes it's necessary to break the rules if you have a very good reason. I think children should be introduced to this book in their toddler years to let them know what a library is and how to behave while they visit. Great for reading aloud!

  • Anu
    2019-05-03 23:00

    Kerrassaan mainio tarina, tosiasioina hyväksytyt absurdit lähtötekijät (yhtenä päivänä kirjastoon vain saapui leijona) ja ehjä draaman kaari. Toimii aivan loistavasti ekaluokan ja eskarin ääneenluettuna satuna. Efekteiksi riittävät kirjan kuvat, dramaattiset tauot silmänpyörittelyineen sekä äänien jäljittely, tassun, tassun, tassun, tassun, Rooaaaaar ja fiuuuuu pumsis. Tarinan opetus: "Kirjastossakin saa joskus juosta ja huutaa, jos vaikka kirjastotäti tai kaveri on kaatunut ja satuttanut itsensä, niin apua täytyy heti hakea".Kirjan lukemisen jälkeen haaveiltiin vielä porukalla omasta kirjastoleijonasta ja kun sitä ei valitettavasti ole tällä hetkellä saatavilla, kerroin sitten olemassa olevista lukukoirista ja lukulehmistä.

  • Tina
    2019-05-05 01:06

    love this story about a lion that wanders into a library and listens to story time. When story time is over he roars in protest. Roaring is not allowed. He is only allowed to come back when he promises to come back. He becomes an indispensable part of the library. One day he breaks the rules. He has good reason but.... Perfect story for teaching about rules and sometimes you may have to break a rule.

  • midnightfaerie
    2019-04-25 23:01

    A book my 6 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 2 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. The illustrations made the lion very lovable, so much so that you just wanted to hug him. A great addition to any children's library.

  • Angela Blount
    2019-05-06 02:54

    A sweet story, with softly colored illustrations and a gentle-yet-important message.I was pleased that some segments of this book were pretty dense with text, albeit in a large enough font to still be well accessible to smaller children. My 7-year-old picked it out from her school library, and it held her steady engagement. But it was my studiously rule-driven 8-year-old who probably got the most out of it. (The ultimate moral of the story being it's sometimes okay to break certain rules--particularly when doing so is needed in order to preserve someone's well-being.) A lesson in situational reasoning and critical thinking, wrapped in unobtrusive and skillful prose. Terrific for lower elementary grade levels.

  • Alexandria
    2019-04-30 03:03

    I'm a sucker for any book set in a library. But when you add a heart-warming story about biases, making friends, and finding your place in a community and I am all for it. I'm going to buy a son a copy for Christmas. Hopefully it will teach him the rules of the library, why they're important - and when to understand that friends are more important.

  • Scottsdale Public Library
    2019-04-26 00:14

    I loved every second of this book: cats, libraries, beautiful illustrations, and rule-following. What a wonderful mix of teaching and entertainment! – Michelle V.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-06 23:12

    I almost gave this 3 stars bc it was entirely too long for my 19 month old and didn't hold his attention. But I figured that's not the book's fault. Good book, but definitely more appropriate for an older child.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-21 02:56

    What a fun read! My son and I read it together, taking turns. I would ask him questions about the plot and he would come up with what he thought about it. It was great.

  • Carson Anderson
    2019-05-07 00:14

    This is a remarkably heartfelt story about a lion coming to a library. When the lion first shows up to the library Mr. McBee, who runs the circulation desk, is alarmed and tells Miss Merriweather, the librarian, that there is a lion in the library. She tells him that this is not against the rules and to leave the lion be. Mr. McBee is not very happy about this. At first the library patrons are very nervous about lion being there, but he follows the rules and is very well behaved. The children in particular fall in love with the lion during story time. But, when story time is over the lion is upset and roars loudly! This is of course against the rules and the children beg Miss Merriweather to let the lion come back tomorrow for story time, she agrees. The lion comes back early and Miss Merriweather puts him to work. They form a very sweet bond and everyone, except Mr. McBee, love the lion. One day, Miss Merriweather falls and cannot get up and sends the lion to get Mr. McBee. Mr. McBee, not liking the lion, will not pay him any attention. The only thing the lion can do is roar to get his attention and he runs to tell Miss Merriweather the lion has broken the rules. At this point, the lion already knows he must leave and he does not come back. Everyone is very sad that the lion is gone, especially Miss Merriweather. Finally, Mr. McBee goes to search for the lion and tells him he broke the rules for a good reason. The lion comes back the next day and everyone is so happy to have him back!This book could be used K-3 to teach acceptance and not judging a book by its cover. Because the lion is a lion, of course everyone is scared at first. But the lion is so well behaved, helpful, and sweet that he wins everyone over. In today's global society, acceptance is a huge concept that students need to learn. No matter what your preconceived notions are about someone, that does not mean you shouldn't give them a chance. I think this book does a sweet job of teaching this. "Library Lion" is a WOW book for me because it is so heartwarming. I think the stereotypical librarian with her rules is so funny and yet she is such a soft-mannered and loving person. The book makes you love the lion so much that you want a lion for your own library! I can certainly see why this book is a New York Times Bestseller.

  • Gabby Mondelli
    2019-05-08 22:19

    I stumbled upon this book after listening to a group of second graders whispering in the halls about how much they’d like to have their very own library lion. Having never heard of the book, I stopped the students, not to tell them off for talking in the hallway as any trained teacher is supposed to do, but to get a book recommendation. I was not disappointed. “The Library Lion” takes place in Miss Merriweather’s library. She is an extraordinarily strict librarian who prides herself on maintaining order and demands that everyone abide by the rules of her domain… everyone including the lion that wanders in one day for story hour. The lion makes a home of the library, and as it turns out, he is well suited to be there. His big padded feet walk softly through the rows, he makes a comfortable backrest for the children during read alouds, and he never roars -- until an emergency occurs and he gets help in the only way he knows how, and is kicked out of the library for making such a commotion. What will Miss Merriweather and the library patrons do without their dear lion? Can they bring him back?“Sometimes there is a good reason to break the rules -- even in the library.”The author, Michelle Knudsen, is the author of 45 children’s books including “Library Lion,” which became a New York Times best-seller after its release. A quick visit to her website will introduce you to a fun-loving author who is quick to support any young or beginning writers that come her way. She is in the process of writing more books, including a sequel to her most popular tale, “Evil Librarian.” I absolutely adored “The Library Lion,” and after finishing it I quickly worked it into an upcoming lesson with my fourth graders - they loved it as well. There’s just something about that cuddly lion that makes you want to snuggle up to him with a good book. A great choice for readers young, old and feline.

  • Corlie Aldrich
    2019-05-22 01:02

    As a former library media specialist, I used this book from the recommendation of another media specialist to introduce the expectations in the library. A classroom teacher could also use this to help prepare the students before their first library visit.

  • Anna
    2019-05-07 21:12

    I've watched a brilliant video, where Mindy Sterling reads this lovely thing.Check it out HERE, on StorylineOnline's Youtube page. Video has illustrations from a book throughout, by the way. Which makes the "reading" experience even cooler. [This channel and the StorylineOnline children’s literacy website in general are my newest discoveries. There you can watch and/ listen to a whole lot of awesome picture books being read to you by amazing actors and actresses including Kevin Costner, Rita Moreno, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Elijah Wood, Hector Elizondo, and Betty White. Isn't it great? Yes, it is. I'm so glad I've found these.]Happy reading!

  • Hugh Stuart
    2019-04-27 21:03

    This story explores the terrifying prospect of a fully grown male lion gaining entry to a public library. However, this lion doesn't eat anyone or cause a major disturbance. Instead, he becomes popular with the small children and librarian and does his best to follow the library's many rules. The tale allows us to unpick the idea of rules and when and how they should (and must!) be broken. A really lovely story for KS1 and early KS2. I read it to my Maths set during storytime and they were rapt.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-30 20:10

    Library Lion is a beautifully illustrated children's book with a nice message about following the rules. I saw online that it is appropriate for ages 4-7, but I think younger kids would appreciate the story and the bright, almost watercolor-like illustrations, if the story was read to them. I liked how the lion in the story is given human traits (dusting books, licking envelopes, etc.), so there is a comical side to the story as well. I will certainly be giving copies of this book as gifts! :)

  • Gabrielle Zastrow
    2019-05-06 22:58

    After Mrs. Zastrow read this book to us, we are arguing about who gets to reread it next. That kind of action should tell you just what we thought of this book! We LOVED it!In class, we are studying how authors end their books. This ending is powerful because it made us, the readers glad we read it, making it a reflective ending. It was also a happy ending because the lion was able to return to the library. Language was repeated a lot about library rules which made it a repetitive ending as well.

  • Emily
    2019-05-03 20:56

    I love it. The kids love it. We're all happy. Heck, I don't know what I love most about this story?! All the library adoration? The lion? How much the kids adore RAHR-ing? Or is it the illustrations? Seriously if I didn't like reading the Library Lion so much I'd just put the darling illustrations of the lion and Miss Merriweather all over my walls.

  • Sara
    2019-05-05 21:05

    This has to be one of the sweetest books we have read in a long time. There is something so perfectly lovely about it. The illustration is gentle and child loving. The idea is fun. The writing is friendly and engaging. The moral is tender. This is an absolute gem!