Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 19

Picture Book: Lion’s Lunch

Author: Fiona Tierney

Illustrator: Margaret Chamberlain

Summary: Quick-witted Sarah wanders into the jungle happily singing until a lion threatens her. From Lion’s perspective, she is useless. Sarah quickly demonstrates her value by drawing a picture of the lion who is astonished that she portrays him as grumpy. The other animals agree with Sarah’s assessment. Sarah’s drawing convinces Lion to change his attitude, and Sarah becomes a permanent member of the jungle community.

Hanna’s Comments: This somewhat silly book has a great deal to say about how we are sometimes oblivious to our own behavior and how it affects how others view us. Sarah is such a great role model for being creative, smart, frank, and empathetic.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Chicken House, 2010

Age and Grade Appropriateness: 3 and up, Pre and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Yes

Formats other than Book: None at present

PBT Category: Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: abilities, aliens/immigrants/refugees/strangers, anger, art, attentiveness/observation/seeing, authenticity, change, choir/music/singing/songs, communication, conflict, conversion, disputes/fighting/opposition, diversity, gifts/giftedness/talents, emotions/feelings, evil, exclusion/inclusion, honesty, immigration, intolerance, non-violence/peaceful resistance, outsiders, pacifism/peace/peaceful/peacemakers/peaceable kingdom, perspective, power, prejudice, regret/repentance, resisting evil, risking, sin, transformation, truth, underdogs, variety, wisdom

Scripture Connections: tax collectors: Matthew (Matthew 9:9-13) or Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10) who changed their ways; Saul on the Road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-22)

Idea(s) for Application: Lion's Lunch would be a great component to a lesson on the importance of self-awareness and how it may lead to transformation or consider reading it in a lesson on peaceful resistance.