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Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
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bookshelves: animals, fantasy, funny, younger-children
Read in July, 2009

This delightful story starts off simply: "One day, a lion came to the library." No one is sure what to do, since there are no rules about lions and libraries. Nevertheless, the lion settles in nicely, once he agrees to follow the "no roaring" rule. He regularly attends the story hour, and helps Miss Merriweather, the librarian, by dusting the encyclopedias, licking the envelopes for overdue notices, and letting children stand on his back so they can reach books on the highest shelves.

One day, Miss Merriweather falls from a step stool and breaks her arm, and the lion must roar to bring help. The poor beast now thinks that since he has broken the rules, he'll no longer be welcome, but then finds out that sometimes there's a good reason to break the rules, even in the library.

Michelle Knudsen's gentle, sweet, funny story combines beautifully with Kevin Hawkes' expressive, animated, warm illustrations, to create a lovely, cozy tribute to libraries that shows children what a marvelous, comfortable, fun place the library can be. This book is a natural for story hours, and also a fun tale for children who are just learning to read. This enchanting book is likely to be a children's classic for years to come.
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