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How to Be a Lion

Title: How to Be a Lion
Author: Ed Vere
Illustrator: Ed Vere
Publisher: Puffin (2018)
ISBN: 9780141376363
“Some say, there’s only one way to be a lion. They say… Lions are FIERCE!” But you haven’t met Leonard. He loves to walk to his thinking hill. Here he daydreams, thinks important thoughts and plays with words to create poems. If a lion was to meet a duck, it would be bad news for the duck. But what if a duck met Leonard? Leonard introduced himself to one such duck, Marianne, and ask for help with a challenging poem. Working together they become friends. “They went for walks and had long meandering conversations, a mixture of quacks and quiet roars.”
The friends made wishes under shooting stars and discussed the universe. They were happy… until a pack of lions surrounded them. These fierce creatures mocked Leonard for his quiet and gentle ways. Feeling the pressure to change, Leonard and Marianne go to the thinking hill. Leonard had an idea. Putting their heads together the idea grew and grew. Leonard faced the lions and after a deep breath, he recited a poem of why he won’t change. “Some say words can’t change the world. Leonard says if they make you think then maybe they can.”

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