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Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
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Library Lion (original 2006; edition 2009)

by Michelle Knudsen, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)

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Title:Library Lion
Authors:Michelle Knudsen
Other authors:Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
Info:Candlewick (2009), Edition: 1 Reprint, Paperback, 48 pages
Collections:Picture Books
Rating:****
Tags:library, lion, lions, storytime, books, picture books, pencil drawings

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Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen (2006)

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I like this book for several reasons. One reason I like this book is the plot. This story is about a lion that comes to the library. Everyone is not sure how to react but the librarian said if he is not breaking any rules than he is fine. The lion turned out to be a good helper. This plot brings out the imagination in young children by having a lion in the library with everyone else. Another reason I like this book is the characters. The lion did not let the other people keep him from coming to the library and enjoying himself. The lion also helped the librarian when she needed it. Children can learn how to be a good helper to others from the lion's character. The illustrations are another reason why I like this book. The illustrations are very detailed. For example the library books have titles on them and each character's face matches the emotions they are feeling during the story. The big idea of the story is that there are time where it is ok to break the rules such as when someone needs help. ( )
  lbrink2 | Mar 17, 2015 |
I enjoyed reading this book because of the way the author developed his characters to make them people (and animals) every audience could relate to. The lion and the librarians were described especially well to then teach the audience proper library behavior. The lion started as a character who posed as a threat to people in the library, but soon became loved by all as the lion's passion for stories became more apparent. The illustration paint a picture for the audience and keep the readers engaged. My favorite aspect of this story was the overall message that even though there are rules in place, it's okay to break them if there is good reason and it's to help a friend in need. ( )
  ajohns75 | Mar 5, 2015 |
In my opinion, I liked this book for two reasons. First, I enjoyed the plot. The lion is a misfit in the library and goes though some hard times trying to obtain the acceptance of others and follow certain rules. The plot has a clear conflict and resolution. The lion eventually learns how to follow the rules and becomes friends with the head librarian. Secondly, I thought the illustrations enhanced the story by setting the mood throughout the plot. For example, when the lion left the library because he broke the rules, he didn't show up for days. Finally, Mr. McBee went to look for the lion and found him outside the library looking in. It was raining and lion was very sad. All of this was evident just within the illustrations because lions reflection was shown in the library windows. The graphics sets the mood that lion is sad, and he is having a bad day because it is raining on him. The overall message of this book is that "sometimes there are good reasons to break the rules", as Mrs. Merriweather said. ( )
  sott3 | Mar 5, 2015 |
The genre of the Library Lion is fantasy because the events of a lion helping in a library is something that could not happen in the real world. Miss Merriweather, has many rules about how you must act in the library. Then one day a lion walk into the library they quickly realized there was no rule about lions in the library. Everyone was surprised by how helpful the lion was and how he seemed to be a perfect fit for the library. He gets up set about story time ending and he roars which breaks the rules. He promises to never roar again which he does not do until he must to get help for Miss Merriweather who fell and broke her arm. The lion leaves the library because he knows he broke the rules. He is then told he can come back because of the great work he was doing was missed in the library.
  kbuffum13 | Mar 1, 2015 |
Review: This story was very well written. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and I think that children will too. It teaches about rules, but also makes it fun by putting something unrealistic in it, like a lion.

Summary: One day a lion came into a library. The head librarian, Miss Merriweather, is very strict about rules but didn't say anything about the lion. She said as long as he isn't breaking any rules, to let him be. The lion was wondering around and went to sleep in the reading section. The lion is very well behaved and doesn't make any noise like a normal lion. The children learn to like the lion and he becomes a nice resting place for the children in the library. When Miss Merriweather fell, lion had to help her by trying to get Mrs. McB, a teacher, but he wouldn't pay attention to him. So the lion roared as loud as he could and saved the day. The next day the lion didn't come back. The lion was standing outside in the rain. The library created a new rule…No roaring unless there is a good reason.

Argument: I think that this story was very well written. The storyline of it was amazing and it was very fun to read. I loved how at the end the lion realized that he was wanted and returned to the library.

The moral of the story:
"Sometimes there is a good reason to break the rules. Even in the library."
The lion broke the rules of the library, but he did it to save Miss. Merriweather. He got upset, but realizes that there are exceptions to every rule, no matter what it is. ( )
  knold1 | Oct 14, 2014 |
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In loving memory of Carol J. Buckley, shining star of the Cornell University Library, who always had room in her heart for a new friend. We miss you. M. K.

To Priscilla, our first personal librarian. K. H.
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When a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There are no rules about lions in the library. When something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763622621, Hardcover)

An affectionate storybook tribute to that truly wonderful place: the library.


Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren't any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how. Michelle Knudsen's disarming story, illustrated by the matchless Kevin Hawkes in an expressive timeless style, will win over even the most ardent of rule keepers.

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A lion starts visiting the local library but runs into trouble as he tries to both obey the rules and help his librarian friend.

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