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This lion would have died of starvation!,
This review is from: The Lion Who Wanted To Love (Orchard Picturebooks) (Paperback)
The little lion was a wonderfully kind and loving lion, but to expect children to believe that a lion cub could leave it's mother and live without food is nonsensical. We might be sorry for animals who are killed and eaten by lions etc, but how on earth would lions survive if they didn't do so? There must be other more realistic ways of teaching children compassion without giving them a false idea of nature and wildlife.
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Initial post: 17 Dec 2010 10:50:08 GMT
Chris Jones says:
I've not read this book, though have read several others by the same author to my grandson, and he loves them. J Atkinson has posted an interesting comment on a piece of fiction, but I wonder if he/she is forgetting that this is a story, and one for very young children. The story of Father Christmas is completely ludicrous - but it's a lasting myth which brings delight to millions of children across the world. But perhaps Santa Claus doesn't visit the Atkinson household because having a person on a sleigh pulled by magic flying reindeer delivering presents to every child and entering households through the chimney (irrespective of whether the property has a chimney or not) defies the laws of physics and logic. Sad, if that's the case.
Posted on 4 Dec 2011 19:13:59 GMT
I'm not a fan of this book but, in its defence, I should let you know that there's a line in it stating that the lion's food was given to him by the other animals!
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2011 20:07:01 GMT
Chris Jones says:
I've now read this book and, though not one of my very favourite stories to read the grandson, it's fine. More to the point, the grandson likes it. The reasons for reading to children are many. One is spend time with a child on a one-to-one basis, interacting with him or her. Another is to entertain the child. A third is to have the opportunity to fill a child with wonder and a bit of magic. Another is to have the chance to explain things - whether it's what noises an animal makes, what they eat, or what colour they are. Children usually don't see the inconsistencies until an adult points them out. If and when they do realise that, er, lions aren't vegetarians in reality, then you've got an opportunity to talk to them meaningfully about it. As it happens, lions don't, as a rule, converse with other animals in English either. Surely that's an even more basic issue for nit-pickers to get their teeth into.
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