Friday, February 21, 2014

PPBF: When Lions Roar

Title: When Lions Roar
Author/Illustrator: Robie H. Harris/ Chris Raschka
Publisher/Date: Orchard Books/2013
Genre/Audience: fiction/Ages 3-5
Themes: noise, fear, coping strategies

Opening: "When lions roar! When monkeys screech!"

Synopsis: (from School Library Journal)
Loud, unexpected and upsetting noises can send a child into a tailspin. Shrill sirens, earsplitting animal sounds at the zoo, a rumbling thunderstorm, and angry parents are a few of the sounds that distress this small boy as he goes through his day. When he's fearful, he takes control of his emotions, turns off “the scary,” and creates a haven for himself. He simply sits down, shuts his eyes, gathers his courage, and confronts his fear: “‘Go away,' I say. ‘Scary! Go away.'”  Brightly colored, deceptively simple crayon and watercolor illustrations in red, orange, green, blue, and brown showcase the character and the main noisemakers on a crisp white background. Use this title along with Florence Parry Heide's Some Things Are Scary (Candlewick, 2000) to discuss fear and methods to challenge it. Scary happens, you deal with it, and then you move on: a good lesson.–Maryann H. Owen, Children's Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI

Why I Love This Book
Simple text, colorful and emotive illustrations, and a straightforward approach to handling fear make this a winner.

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Chris Raschka bio

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  1. Thanks for sharing this one. I'm always looking for ones on fear issues. Kiddo is afraid of such random things and then, insanely brave!

  2. I love Mr Raschka!!! This one looks pretty special. I sometimes encounter kids who are afraid of lots of things. My being there to hold onto and talk to sometimes helps. Like during all the crazy emergency drills at school. I'll have to look for this book. Thanks!

  3. There are so many scary things in this world and any book that helps kids deal with it is a winner in my world book.