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Lazy Lion (African Animal Tales) Paperback – May 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: African Animal Tales (Book 12)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (May 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340565659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440845287
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.2 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In his original African pourquoi stories, Hadithi cleverly imbues his animals with human foibles ( Crafty Chameleon 1987, Greedy Zebra 1984, Tricky Tortoise 1988, all Little) to offer humorous, entertaining, and just-maybe possible explanations for their unique animal behavior. This time he looks at the languid lion who takes passing notice of the gathering rain clouds above the open plain and invokes his royal privilege to order an appropriately stately domicile. Not only is he too lazy to construct his own home, but he also turns up his nose at the accommodations offered by his more industrious neighbors. When the Big Rain comes, the others all rush off to the shelter of their hills, nests, caves, etc., leaving the king of the beasts to roam the plains in the rain--as is his way. Kennaway extends the simple text and dazzles readers with her bold, dramatic watercolors executed largely in golds, browns, and greens. She captures the stark beauty of the sun-parched land, its frantic inhabitants, and the ominous skyscape. The imminent rains are palpable. Kennaway's animals are always expressive, almost caricatures of themselves, yet remain essentially animal-like and true to their own natures. A satisfying safari. --Luann Toth , School Library Journal
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The clear colourful illustrations make this book a joy for reader and listener alike. Child Education

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sithara Batcha on March 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
I wanted to get a book about African animals for my two year old neice- a simple story, with morals explained in a fun and engaging way. As soon as I saw LAZY LION by Mwenye Hadithi I knew I found my book!

The story is simple: The Lion, King of Animals, asks his subjects to find him a home. But he is very picky and lazy - this house is too big, that house is too small, this house is too wet...nothing pleases him.

When it rains, all the animals rush into their houses, leaving the LAZY LION wandering across the great African plains, which remains his home to this day.

The Moral? Don't be lazy and picky, either get what you need yourself or accept what is given to you with gratitude!

Accompanying this simple but great story are bright, colorful illustrations which really capture the essence, the beauty of the African Wilderness.
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This book was bought for a young African child living in the USA. I think it is very important for her to know fables/stories from her continent if not exactly from her home country.
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This is a book I found for sale in Africa and brought home to read to my grand-daughter. I had no idea it would become her very most favorite book. She absolutely loved it. As the lion demands that a variety of animals buile a house for him he yells, "Build me a house, a big house." Each of the species of animal, alone or as a group, build a house appropriate for themselves. Lazy Lion finds fault with each, and as the rainy season begins he finds himself still homeless. As I would read the story to her, I would use a gruff voice for the lion's demand, and she would join me with her gruff voice, demanding that the animals, "Build me a house, a big house." She had the story memorized after just a few readings, but wanted it read to her again and again and again. I bought the copy from Amazon to give to her to read to her own children someday.
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