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The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water (1998)

by Idries Shah

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This book is good for students of multiple languages because when reading it each page had the option to read in Spanish or English. I enjoyed the story and the illustrations of the many different animals. Some young children may not understand the concept that water can reflect, therefore it is a good educational lesson for them. There are also simple lessons such as "grr is what the lion says" or explaining why other animals might be afraid of the lion. Overall, the message in this book was that even the toughest of creatures can become fearful at times, the lion was fearful of his reflection in the water and he became vulnerable to the other animals. Everyone gets scared and that is O.K. ( )
  ldewey1 | Feb 21, 2016 |
Realistic fiction. This is a great book to read to like a third grade classroom. It is about a lion who wants to make friends but every time it speaks(roars) all the animals in the jungle get scared. He doesn't know that his roar is what is scaring the animals away. He gets really thirsty and decided to go to the pound and all the animals watch as he is about to drink water. As soon as he goes for water he gets scared because he sees another lion in the water. He didn't know it was his reflection until a little butterfly told him it was he reflection. He drank water and become friends with the rest of the jungle animals. ( )
  Rsantoyo13 | Mar 3, 2015 |
Part B/picture/foreign

The story is about a lion who wants to know why all animals run away from him. However, any time he tries to communicate with an animal, all that comes out of his mouth is “Grrrrr!” One day, he passes by a pool. He takes a drink and sees a fierce reflection in the water staring at him. The lion becomes frightened by the reflection. At this time, a butterfly flies by and explains that this is the lion’s own reflection. Thus, the lion learns that the reflection is not the real thing.
I read this story, which is translated into Spanish. I recognized the words el leon for lion and agua for water. Because the story is in Spanish, I heavily depended on the illustrations to help me with the story comprehension. Before actually reading the story, I looked at the story cover to understand what the story might be about. I find that the illustrations help tell the story. In addition, I recognize a few words, such as leon for lion and agua for water because they appear in the title of the story. This is a rather rare experience reading a story in another language. However, although I did not grasp the words to the story, the illustrations were very helpful.
  ptnguyen | Jul 9, 2010 |
The lion in this book has a problem. Everyone is scared of him and he can't figure out why. Then he goes to get a drink of water and a vicious lion is staring back at him from the pool of water. The lion is scared until he realizes the reflection is harmless. All the other animals learn he is not scary after all. The story is positive and funny. The water-color and ink illustrations are beautiful and the emotions of the lion are clear. However, many of the full color illustrations have white boxes inlaid with the text. These boxes pull the reader out of the picture and often block important aspects of the picture. Otherwise a lovely text, appropriate for ages 5 to 8. ( )
  elizabethholloway | Jul 9, 2010 |
Available on the International Children’s Digital Library website, El León que se Vio en el Agua is a beautifully illustrated children’s book that has been translated into English, Spanish, Dari, and Pashto. The English summary of the book gives the following description: “A good-natured lion sees his reflection in a pool and gasps at the fierce creature staring back at him and is too frightened to drink.”
The story revolves around the main character, a lion, that lives in the jungle. Apparently, all the jungle animals were afraid of him and they ran away whenever he came. This made the lion sad because he didn’t want to frighten anyone away. It seems like he just wanted to be friends with the other animals. One day he came upon a lake and saw his reflection and became afraid. Somehow, in the end, all the animals realized that the lion was friendly and they all became friends, and the lion was happy.
The illustrations are bright, colorful, and appealing to young children. The story is good for teaching children not to “judge a book by its cover,” and that a person’s outward appearance is a very trivial matter compared to a person’s inward character.
  PatrickNavas | Jul 7, 2010 |
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As he gapes and growls at his ferocious reflection in a pool of water as shiny as a mirror, a terrified lion grows desperately thirsty.

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