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Lazy Lion

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Lazy Lion orders the animals to build him a house on the African plain.

The Weaver Birds build him a house of nest grasses and palm leaves, but Lazy Lion is too heavy to reach the door. The Ant Bears build him a house with many rooms and caverns, but it is so dark Lion can't see anything.

The animals do their best to please Lion, but he is very difficult to please. Will he
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 3rd 1990 by Hachette Children's
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Hilary Woolf
Nov 08, 2016 Hilary Woolf rated it it was amazing
A just so style story introducing some african animals. Lovely illustrations, this was a bedtime favourite of my children, I sure I could read this book with my eyes shut.
Dec 22, 2007 Sithara rated it it was amazing
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 wanderin
Aug 11, 2016 Celeste rated it it was ok
I admit, I feel bad for the Lion. I am not sure that laziness is really the issue here, although things would probably work out better if he built his own house. But I think the crocodile's assessment (The Lion is so hard to please) is unfair. The Lion's criticisms of the various houses are totally justified--a Lion can't live in an ant hill or a bird's nest or a log!

Mostly I fear that this little fable actually teaches that homelessness is the fault of the homeless person--that if they just wer
It's going to rain and the lion wants someone to build him a home because he's, well, lazy. Various animals do so but he can't use them because he's too big or it's too high or too wet or whatever.

My kids thought it was funny and also thought the lion should go build his own house and deserved to get wet in the rain.

A cute little story with fun illustrations.
LeeAnn G
Feb 05, 2011 LeeAnn G rated it liked it
Great Book to read to a perfect little God-Daughter on a cold, sunny day. It teaches to have manners and morals or else.
Miss Sarah
Jul 15, 2016 Miss Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A lion wants every other animal in the area to build a home for him but he's never satisfied with the houses they build. What will happen when it rains? Length makes it preschool plus.
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I do like African folktales.
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Great exposure to lots of different African animals and a good story as well. Two thumbs up.
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From the inside cover of one of his books:
Mwenye Hadithi, meaning "he who has the stories," is a name used by Bruce Hobson, who was inspired by Adrienne Kennaway's vibrant use of color to write stories for children. Mr. Hobson grew up on ten acres of bush garden with porcupines and gazelles; crocodiles in the rose bed; and a hippopotamus that once got stuck between the courtyard gates--all of whic
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