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This is the story of how a brave little lion sets out to prove that daring to be different can have its rewards in the end. The story is told in verse throughout


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This is the story of how a brave little lion sets out to prove that daring to be different can have its rewards in the end. The story is told in verse throughout

30 review for The Lion Who Wanted To Love (Orchard Picturebooks)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nazeefa

    I love the rhythm of this book. It includes rhyming words, and could be used in poetry for KS1 children. It can be used in number of different ways such as grammar in English and PSHE (being kind to one another, or accepting people for who they are).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maria Martins

    This is one of my favorite books. It has an unusual rhyming pattern which makes it so different from other poetry/storybooks I've read. The lion who learned how to love is about a little lion who is cast out from the pride as he refuses to hunt animals because he wants to be friends with them instead. Due to the fact that the other lions think he will never survive, he is told that there is no place for him in the pride. Leo then sets off and helps as many distressed animals he sees and befriend This is one of my favorite books. It has an unusual rhyming pattern which makes it so different from other poetry/storybooks I've read. The lion who learned how to love is about a little lion who is cast out from the pride as he refuses to hunt animals because he wants to be friends with them instead. Due to the fact that the other lions think he will never survive, he is told that there is no place for him in the pride. Leo then sets off and helps as many distressed animals he sees and befriends all of them. Finally, when Leo falls into trouble, all the animals in the kingdom come to his rescue. His mother realizes that in order to be strong, you must be able to show proudly that you are different. She asks him humbly to come back to the pride as their king. I think that the last page is the most effective as the mother says "you've got to be strong to be different, and when you've got love on your side you've got the most valuable gift that there is, we want you as King of our pride." I think that this sends a really powerful message out to children. it shows them that the values of kindness and love are important and that strength is not all about physicality but the ability to stand up for yourself and to be proud of difference. I would use this book during PSHE when discussing topics such as inclusivity. I think its a great way to show the children that its okay to be different as long as they are kind to one another and accepting of each other. There are a lot of great writing techniques that the author uses which would be really effective for teaching English. I think that there is a lot of expanded noun phrases which would be a good example to show children who are struggling with their description. Furthermore, I think that unusual rhyming pattern would be a good way to challenge higher ability children when looking at poetry. You can also use this book to look at food chains in science. This book provides many learning opportunities both curriculum wise as well as personally.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I choke a little on this one. WHAT DOES LEO EAT? And if he’s going to be king of the lion pride, how is he going to balance what his family eats with his need to be friends with everyone? My main concern with this one is that some of the verbal imagery might be a little intense for some of the more sensitive little ones. A few examples: “bite through its neck” or “eat them… for lunch!” (which makes no sense anyway since this page shows late evening turning into night). Also, his Mom kicks him out. I choke a little on this one. WHAT DOES LEO EAT? And if he’s going to be king of the lion pride, how is he going to balance what his family eats with his need to be friends with everyone? My main concern with this one is that some of the verbal imagery might be a little intense for some of the more sensitive little ones. A few examples: “bite through its neck” or “eat them… for lunch!” (which makes no sense anyway since this page shows late evening turning into night). Also, his Mom kicks him out. Sensitive littles might latch onto this and feel insecure that their parents will abandon them. Most won’t, I think, but it’s possible. At least he doesn’t have to conform to be accepted again, like poor Gerald in Giraffes Can’t Dance by the same author. Most of the illustrations are very cute and well done, though most of the river scenes leave something to be desired, especially since it’s supposed to be a swift-moving river, but Leo seems to hardly move downstream in the time it takes to gather help. All that said, though, this is a cute story, and it gets major bonus points for being truly a story (!) that rhymes (!) and keeps my son interested (!). It seems that so many books for this age group are just rehashing the alphabet, shapes, colors, etc., and I’M SO TIRED OF THAT. (And so are the kids, guaranteed. Nobody likes being patronized.) Of course, it rehashes the be-nice-to-others moral, so it gets dinged again for that. Detailed review at https://o-acb.com/2018/06/15/review-t... __

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kyran Delaney

    The Lion Who Wanted To Love is another book I have chosen by Giles Andreae. It tells the story of a lion cub who has no wish to fight and hunt other animals, but instead just wants to love them and be friends with them. His mother is worried that Leo will never survive in the wild if he does not learn to hunt for his food. Because he doesn't want to harm other animals he is told to leave the pride and so he goes off on his own and proceeds to make friends and live with the other animals in the j The Lion Who Wanted To Love is another book I have chosen by Giles Andreae. It tells the story of a lion cub who has no wish to fight and hunt other animals, but instead just wants to love them and be friends with them. His mother is worried that Leo will never survive in the wild if he does not learn to hunt for his food. Because he doesn't want to harm other animals he is told to leave the pride and so he goes off on his own and proceeds to make friends and live with the other animals in the jungle. He takes care of them and rescues them when they get into difficulties. Eventually Leo, with the help of his jungle friends, saves a young cheetah that falls into a river, and all the othere lions agree that he is a very brave lion and asks him to become their king, because he has so much love in his heart. A wonderful story of how love can overcome all difficulties. The illustrations are colourful, lively and endearing. A great story with a moral that eaches children the benefits of love.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peacegal

    This is a gentle, colorfully illustrated story about a lion cub who has no desire to hunt and chase the other animals around him...he would much rather befriend and help them. The other lions in the pride just don't get it and shun him, until they learn a lesson that kindness and helpfulness have a place in the jungle, too. It's not always the most original (must every fictional lion be named Leo?), but this is a compassionate story with mainstream appeal. I could see a vegetarian kid relating to This is a gentle, colorfully illustrated story about a lion cub who has no desire to hunt and chase the other animals around him...he would much rather befriend and help them. The other lions in the pride just don't get it and shun him, until they learn a lesson that kindness and helpfulness have a place in the jungle, too. It's not always the most original (must every fictional lion be named Leo?), but this is a compassionate story with mainstream appeal. I could see a vegetarian kid relating to Leo, or perhaps a kid in a part of the country like mine where hunting is a popular pastime and who may feel pressured to participate in something they don't feel good about. ( Listen to your conscience! We need kindness and gentle souls like Leo in this world! )

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie Rodeghier

    This book may be a bit controversial, but it definitely has some great messages within its text! The main character is a young lion who doesn't want to hunt or hurt other animals, as the rest of the lions do. He is exiled by his mother and their tribe for the choice he makes to be a vegetarian lion. Children can learn from this book that it is better to stand alone and do the right thing than to follow the crowd and do things you believe are wrong. This story is creative and beautifully illustra This book may be a bit controversial, but it definitely has some great messages within its text! The main character is a young lion who doesn't want to hunt or hurt other animals, as the rest of the lions do. He is exiled by his mother and their tribe for the choice he makes to be a vegetarian lion. Children can learn from this book that it is better to stand alone and do the right thing than to follow the crowd and do things you believe are wrong. This story is creative and beautifully illustrated!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dancingsocks

    Good rhymes and lovely pictures. Was a bit over my boy’s head at 22 months as he can’t sit still long enough! He did like pointing out animals though :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jacinda

    Nice rhyming pattern, nice moral to the story and one my 2.5 year old son took a huge interest in with the imagery and storytelling.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Higson

    Leo the lion doesn’t want to hunt like normal lions do. He wants to play and be friends with the other animals. He is told if he can’t be like normal lions he will need to leave the pride. Leo goes off to explore. He meets lots of different animals and helps them. One day a cheetah is stuck in a river. Leo jumps in to help and the cheetah is able to swim to the side. Leo then gets stuck in the current. All the animals that Leo helped then come to help save him. Leo’s mum then tells him that mayb Leo the lion doesn’t want to hunt like normal lions do. He wants to play and be friends with the other animals. He is told if he can’t be like normal lions he will need to leave the pride. Leo goes off to explore. He meets lots of different animals and helps them. One day a cheetah is stuck in a river. Leo jumps in to help and the cheetah is able to swim to the side. Leo then gets stuck in the current. All the animals that Leo helped then come to help save him. Leo’s mum then tells him that maybe Leo was right and it is better to love after all. Leo then becomes King of the Pride. This book could be used for many situations. I used this book twice on SBT2 twice; once for guided reading and another time for drama. This book is good to use for PSHE and citizenship. Here, the children could talk why people hunt (for food) and about whether love is more important. Another idea is that this book could be used for letter writing. The children could write thank you notes from Leo to the animals that saved him. This would be great for Talk for Writing as the children could learn the book, use drama to re-enact the story. Eventually the children would be able to write their own version of the story, either changing the ending or writing from the view of a different character. This book would be a good link to Topic lessons about Safari and African animals.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Allison Dowdell

    The Lion Who Wanted To Love, by Giles Andreae, is about a little lion who is very tender-hearted and doesn't fit in with the pack of hunters. When he is told he cannot join the hunt because he will not go after prey, he stays back and takes care of all the hurting animals that cross his path. Leo the lion makes many friends along the way and learns the value in treating others with kindness even though that is not the norm for his breed. Rating: 5 out of 5 Theme: Treating others with kindness even The Lion Who Wanted To Love, by Giles Andreae, is about a little lion who is very tender-hearted and doesn't fit in with the pack of hunters. When he is told he cannot join the hunt because he will not go after prey, he stays back and takes care of all the hurting animals that cross his path. Leo the lion makes many friends along the way and learns the value in treating others with kindness even though that is not the norm for his breed. Rating: 5 out of 5 Theme: Treating others with kindness even if it makes you different than the rest. Personal reflection: I loved this book, it made me want to cry. Leo the lion reminds everyone to do the right thing. I love how this book explains that being kind brings you so many friends and benefits in the long run, and going against the tide can be very beneficial. Recommendation: I recommend this book to anyone who is willing to read it. It reminds people to be kind and gentle with others and reminds that "what goes around comes around" rings very true. Reading this to small children would help them understand that they don't always have to be the bravest or the strongest, but if they are kind, that will get them very far.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emily DeMain

    This book is very cute. The rhyming used in this really brings it to life and allows the reader to engage in the story. The life of the lion is well thought out and the fact that he goes against what it means to be a lion and wants to help other animals instead of hurting them, shows the authors views and values.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eliza Taylor

    One of my favourite picture books about a lion who does not want to conform to the normal stereotypes that are associated with lions. He doesn't want to hunt and roar like the rest of the pack he just wants to be loved and to love others. A very touching story which highlights the importance of being yourself and not needing to be like everyone else. Would highly recommend! One of my favourite picture books about a lion who does not want to conform to the normal stereotypes that are associated with lions. He doesn't want to hunt and roar like the rest of the pack he just wants to be loved and to love others. A very touching story which highlights the importance of being yourself and not needing to be like everyone else. Would highly recommend!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Louise Goddard

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I like the unconventional friendships in this story, they are very cute. The illustrations are colourful and very eye catching. My only issue is how quickly the lioness mother cut off Leo from the pride as it may upset some more sensitive children.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Rocco

    Livrinho bacana que chegou para o Arthur. Leitura de 10 min, né ? Mas é bontinho, os desenhos são bem bacana!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Isobel

    The lion who wanted to love would be a good read for reception children and it would give the children an important message about loving one another and helping each other out.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nicoleta

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  17. 4 out of 5

    Farida Ladipo-Ajayi

    I absolutely love children's picture books on kindness and helping others, this is one of the really good ones I've read I absolutely love children's picture books on kindness and helping others, this is one of the really good ones I've read

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tim Carson

    An interesting and thought-provoking picture book about a lion "who didn't fit in" as he "just wanted to love everybody/And play with his friends all day long". Naturally the book is looking at being different and challenging conventions in a simple and accessible way. The story is written in poetic form and illustrated with simple but warm and appealing illustrations. The messages of the book are positive ones about having the courage to be different and that love can solve many problems. Young An interesting and thought-provoking picture book about a lion "who didn't fit in" as he "just wanted to love everybody/And play with his friends all day long". Naturally the book is looking at being different and challenging conventions in a simple and accessible way. The story is written in poetic form and illustrated with simple but warm and appealing illustrations. The messages of the book are positive ones about having the courage to be different and that love can solve many problems. Younger children will find the story and characters easy to empathise with and it's a great way to introduce discussions about independence and difference. However, I found it just a little be trite and predictable and the rhythm of the poetry sometimes a little stilted. It also seems to skip over just exactly how the young lion feeds himself and the two baby antelopes he rescues from the hunting jaguars. For younger children such ideas won't be too much of an issue but some it may strike them as odd. Not bad but not as good as Giraffes Can't Dance.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carole

    A young lion does not want to hunt other animals, he just wants to love the other animals. He angers his family with his attitude so they kick him out, and he has to find his own way making friends along the way.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lena Barnes

    This book had several great messages. Leo was different than all of the other lions. He wanted to love all of the other animals, not eat them. In the end he found it helped him making all of these friends.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Birchler

    This is a really cute story about a lion who is different and doesn't fit in. This would be good to read to children to show them it's okay to be different. This is a really cute story about a lion who is different and doesn't fit in. This would be good to read to children to show them it's okay to be different.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lou Hilton

    A really lovely story with a beautiful message about being different.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Daisy

    It's very good for children. It's very good for children.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shellie

    My little girl is sixteen now, we read this book so many times when she was small. She has such a big big heart, just like Leo.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sukhita

    This is one of my favorite books for children

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shivani Singh

  27. 4 out of 5

    Smith Family

  28. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Kelch

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emma

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leonidas

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