We're Going on a Lion Hunt

We're Going on a Lion Hunt

by David Axtell
     
 

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This charming version of a well-known chant takes place on the African savanna

In this beautifully illustrated rendition of a well-known children's chant, two sisters are looking not for a bear but for a lion—a lion that lives on the African savanna, where the girls go through swishy-swashy long grass, a splishy-splashy lake, and a Big Dark Cave. When

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This charming version of a well-known chant takes place on the African savanna

In this beautifully illustrated rendition of a well-known children's chant, two sisters are looking not for a bear but for a lion—a lion that lives on the African savanna, where the girls go through swishy-swashy long grass, a splishy-splashy lake, and a Big Dark Cave. When they finally meet their lion, they have to run, run, run through it all again to get back home.

Young readers will enjoy the playful language and beautiful paintings that reset a familiar story in a far-off part of the world.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
The beautifully paintings in this book retell the familiar children's story We're going on a Bear Hunt with the setting shifted to the African savanna. Two sisters on a lion hunt have to pass through tall grass, cross a lake, trudge through a swamp, and investigate a dark cave where they find a lion. They run home safely, again crossing all the obstacles. The book is meant to be read aloud as it includes lots of repetition of onomatopoetic words including "squish, squash" and "splish, splash." The artistic rendering of this well-known ecosystem is excellent, and children will find many of their favorite animals in the background of each painting. 2000, Henry Holt and Company, Ages 3 to 6, $15.95. Reviewer: Seth Berg
School Library Journal
PreS-Axtell takes a storytime classic to the African savanna, where loving sisters enjoy a day's adventure. With fruit, juice, and teddy bear in hand, they travel through towering green grasses under the watchful eye of a giraffe, swim through a dappled blue lake with zebras and a flamingo, and pull each other through a squishy swamp unbeknownst to a hippopotamus. They wake the lion sleeping in his cave, and as he follows them, they arrive home and shut the door safely. The adventure has neither dampened their spirits nor muddied their white anklets. Axtell's sun-soaked, impressionistic oil paintings offer beautiful landscapes and engaging details, from wild animals who linger at a safe distance, to a dropped teddy that is retrieved just in time. Large figures on the page make this a good choice for storytimes as well as lap times. Like Michael Rosen's We're Going on a Bear Hunt (McElderry, 1989), this lovely picture book will delight preschoolers.-Laura Scott, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805061598
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
05/01/2000
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.08(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

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We're Going on a Lion Hunt


By David Axtell

Henry Holt and Company

Copyright © 1999 Macmillan Publishers Limited
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-250-10546-2



CHAPTER 1

We're going on a lion hunt.
We're going to catch a big one.
We're not scared.
Been there before.


We're going on a lion hunt.
We're going to catch a big one.
We're not scared.
Been there before.
Oh, no ...
Long grass!

Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Can't go around it.
Have to go through it.
Swish, swash, swish, swash.

We're going on a lion hunt.
We're going to catch a big one.
We're not scared.
Been there before.
Oh, no ...
A lake!

Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Can't go around it.
Have to go through it.
Splish, splash, splish, splash.

We're going on a lion hunt.
We're going to catch a big one.
We're not scared.
Been there before.
Oh, no ...
A swamp!

Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Can't go around it.
Have to go through it.
Squish, squash, squish, squash.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from We're Going on a Lion Hunt by David Axtell. Copyright © 1999 Macmillan Publishers Limited. Excerpted by permission of Henry Holt and Company.
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Meet the Author

David Axtell is a freelance artist who works with oil on canvas board. His first book for children was Fruits: A Caribbean Counting Poem. David was born in Oxford, England and currently resides in Cornwall.

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