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In Bauer s capable hands, the age-old simile of March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb is made quite literal. Readers follow as, one after the other, they visit the house of one little boy. March comes with a roar. / He rattles your windows / and scratches at your door. / He turns snow to mud, / then tromps across your floor. The lion wreaks utter havoc until the day when the soft breeze and new tree buds cause the lion to sneeze. Riding the wave of that sneeze, the lamb comes prancing in, ushering in all things spring. And that lion? Is he going to lurk about and cause trouble? No, his rumbles are snores now, and he'll sleep away the days until next March. Bauer cleverly uses her transition sneeze to set up the possibility of a sequel summer bugs ride in on the lamb s mighty "A-A-A-A-CHOO!" While the text provides the skeleton, McCully s pen, ink and watercolor illustrations truly bring the old song to life. Her lion is a wonderful cross between a fierce foe, threatening with his teeth and claws, and a party pooper, making a mess and spoiling any good times outdoors. Meanwhile, the lamb is a perfect ball of snow-white fluff. Spare backgrounds during the lion s reign echo the bleakness of the weather and change to light blues and greens as the lamb takes charge. A good addition to the spring shelf, it is sure to find its way, roaring and bleating, to classrooms studying similes. "(Picture book. 4-8) ""

The title s familiar proverb, muse for many a postwinter bulletin board, inspires this picture-book interpretation. March comes with a roar. / He rattles your windows / and scratches at your door reads the text as the ink-and-watercolor illustrations show a young boy, who looks out the window and finds an ominous feline face peering in through the snow. Each subsequent scene illustrates the literal meaning a child might imagine when hearing the meteorological metaphors: a lion tracks mud, sleet, and hail into the house and just will not leave. Then, one morning, some fresh air tickles the obstinate beast s nose, and a cute lamb comes flying out with his sneeze, spreading nature and newness. The poetic license in this final scene, as well as in some of the rhymes, feels stretched, but both the words and pictures offer a warm

depiction of the change of seasons along with a shout-out to young springtime allergy sufferers. "

About the Author

Marion Dane Bauer is the author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book "On My Honor" and the "New York Times" bestseller "My Mother Is Mine". Her other titles include "A Mama for Owen", " If You Were Born a Kitten", " Grandmother s Song", and"Thank You for Me!" She has retired from the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults where she was the first Faculty Chair. She lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and can be reached at MarionDaneBauer.com.

Emily Arnold McCully received the CaldecottMedal for Mirette on the High Wire. The illustrator of more than 40 books for young readers, she has a lifelong interest in history and feminist issues. She divides her time between Chatham, New York, and New York City.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 450L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823422380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823422388
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book to read to my Kindergarten class at the beginning of March. It is a great book to read to that level. Then we made lions and lambs to put on our bullentin board.
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By C. Tanner on June 23, 2013
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I will use this book with my preschoolers to explain what is meant by March coming in like a lion and going out like a lion. I love the illustrations. I think this will be a good addition to my library.
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I use this book to introduce the concept of "Lion or Lamb" weather on the last day of February. We then graph each lion or lamb day on a classroom chart. On the last day of March we are in school, we tally the graph to see which kind of weather we've had most of during the month.
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This was an excellent book to read to my kindergarten to begin the month of March! After reading we listed adjectives that describe lions and lambs and discussed how the weather could be like each.
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I don't know why it took someone so long to do a book on this topic that is perfect for preschoolers & toddlers! A must purchase for every public library!
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This is a wonderful book! It is for younger children of course, but all of the adults (approx. 30) that broused our copy were very impressed by the illustrations.
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What an adorable little story to illustrate the old saying. My students loved it. The beautiful illustrations and the rhymes led to great discussions.
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By Grandma on January 22, 2016
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Great for my preschool class to welcome in March. Story is interesting and will hold their attention. Nice illustrations.
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