Tawny Scrawny Lion

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Random House Children's Books, May 25, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 24 pages
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Once there was a tawny scrawny lion who chased monkeys on Monday—kangaroos on Tuesday—zebras on Wednesday—bears on Thursday—camels on Friday—and on Saturday, elephants!

So begins the funny, classic Golden story of a family of ten fat rabbits that teaches the hungry lion to eat carrot stew—so that he doesn’t eat them!

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IMHO, this is the best children's book EVER written. I am currently 65 years old and I still love this book. The writing style and illustrations are superb. I have read this book a hundred times (albeit when I was young) and I still get a major kick out of reading it today. What a great story. The best part is the Tawny Scrawny Lion's logic as he blames the animals - the animals he chases and eats - for him being hungry all the time and having to chase them. It's THEIR fault! Then, of course the rabbit comes to save the day (The other animals encourage: Get right up close to that hungry lion, you plump juicy rabbit.)
I am laughing as I write this just thinking about it.
I still have my original copy. Wow! What a book!

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About the author (2010)

Kathryn Jackson wrote dozens of Golden Books, among them The Saggy Baggy Elephant, which was also illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren.

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