How Loud Is a Lion?

How Loud Is a Lion?

by Clare Beaton
     
 

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Find out just how loud a lion is while discovering lots of other African animals along the way. Simple text with a repeated refrain develops memory skills and builds vocabulary.

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Find out just how loud a lion is while discovering lots of other African animals along the way. Simple text with a repeated refrain develops memory skills and builds vocabulary.

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Children's Literature
Barefoot Books, the publishers of How Loud Is A Lion, note that they "celebrate art and story with books that open the hearts and minds of children," and this delightful picture book certainly supports that mission. Clare Beaton's use of felt, beads, braids and sequins to create the snakes, butterflies, antelopes, elephants and, of course, lions that are photographed for inclusion in the book, provides very young readers with wonderful visuals sure to capture and keep their attention. The detailing on the various animals induced my five-year-old daughter to note that she felt she could reach out and touch the "soft fur" on the animals. In addition, Blackstone's rollicking rhymes are delightful ear candy for readers both young and more mature, especially if the mature reader is sharing this book aloud with children. I can easily see this book in the hands of primary teachers as they encourage students to consider the colors and shapes found in animals. Even better, children will see this text as a fun one to return to time and again. How Loud Is a Lion is a definite winner in my book. 2002, Barefoot Books,
— Jean Boreen
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This companion to Beaton's How Big Is a Pig? (Barefoot, 2000) lacks the appeal of that book. Each two-line stanza contrasts aspects of the other creatures to the lion's roar ("Cheetahs are spotty, zebras are stripy, But how loud is a lion? Shhh! Listen!"). Using descriptors such as "Giraffes are gentle," "Hoopoes are happy," "Parrots are feathery," and "zorillas are greedy," the text is flat. The repetitive phrase, "But how loud is a lion? Shhh! Listen!" along with a partial glimpse of the beast on several spreads, leads readers to the surprise at the end: the lion roars, the animals scatter, and the big cat smiles. The book's strength is the exceptional felt-applique art on full spreads that captures the animals' characteristics. The fine craft-work of beads, embroidery, and applique, and the great endpapers with an assortment of slithering snakes are stunning. This title would make a beautiful flannel-board story and could be read aloud, but it might leave readers wishing for the delightful rhymes so successful in Pig.-JoAnn Jonas, Chula Vista Public Library, San Diego, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846860003
Publisher:
Barefoot Books
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
1,192,043
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
2 - 4 Years

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