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If I Were a Lion

Jul 13, 2022

Have you ever been told you were too wild?

If so, this book is for you.

If I Were a Lion starts with a young girl telling us: “I’m sitting in the time-out chair because my mother put me there.”  She is clearly not in the chair because of her own actions!

Her mother said: “You try my patience, child! I do not like it when you’re wild.”

And so, begins the hilarious justification by the little girl who claims she is not wild. 

She identifies all the animals who behave much more poorly than she does. 

“If I were a lion, I’d growl and roar and knock the dishes on the floor.”

With gorgeous vivid illustrations of wild animals creating havoc in her house, this book ignites the imagination (the animals are her stuffed toys) and uses humour that kids will instantly relate to. 

If you’ve got a spirited child, this book can help them to identify with big feelings that sometimes get them in trouble.

I love this rhyming book. I used it with my strong-willed child when she was little to help tame the lion inside of her. Even just for those moments when she’d let me read to her. 

Helps with: parenting a strong-willed child, dealing with anger, imagination, rhyming, vocabulary, identifying wild animals, expressing your feelings.

Author: Sarah Weeks
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2004