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Title:
We're going on a lion hunt
Author:
Axtell, David, illustrator.
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holt, 2000.

©1999
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Summary:
Two girls set out bravely in search of a lion, going through long grass, a swamp, and a cave before they find what they're looking for.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
BR 0 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.1 0.5 112236.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.7 1 Quiz: 26521 Guided reading level: H.
Geographic Term:
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780805061598
Format :
Book

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Summary

This charming version of a well-known chant takes place on the African savanna.

We're going on a lion hunt.
We're going to catch a big one.
We're not scared.
Been there before.

In this beautifully illustrated rendition of a well-known children's chant, two sisters are looking not for a bear, but for a lion-a lion that lives on the African savanna, where the girls go through swishy swashy long grass, a splishy splashy lake, and a Big Dark Cave. When they finally meet their lion, they have to run, run, run through it all again to get back home.

Young readers will enjoy the playful language and beautiful paintings that reset a familiar story in an unusual and very special part of the world.


Author Notes

David Axtell is a freelance artist who works with oil on canvas board. His first book for children was Fruits: A Caribbean Counting Poem . Mr. Axtell was born Oxford, England and currently resides in Cornwall.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. A favorite summer camp chant gets a refreshing new life when two contemporary African sisters set out on an animal hunt. This time, though, they're after a lion, not a bear, and the landscape is a wide-open savanna rich with animal life. All the familiar appeal of the original is here. Each page begins with the same phrase, "We're going on a lion hunt. We're going to catch a big one. We're not scared. Been there before. Oh, no. . . ." The infectious repetition gives way to new obstacles to navigate--long grass, a lake, a swamp--before the lion is found and the girls retrace their tracks (lion in pursuit) and find home. In vivid pastels, Axtell paints the girls and animals running side by side, drawing the reader into the wild fantasy and gleeful terror of the game, as well as the delight the sisters find in each other. With its musical, easily remembered text and full-page illustrations, this will be a perennial story-hour hit. --Gillian Engberg


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Axtell takes a storytime classic to the African savanna, where loving sisters enjoy a day's adventure. With fruit, juice, and teddy bear in hand, they travel through towering green grasses under the watchful eye of a giraffe, swim through a dappled blue lake with zebras and a flamingo, and pull each other through a squishy swamp unbeknownst to a hippopotamus. They wake the lion sleeping in his cave, and as he follows them, they arrive home and shut the door safely. The adventure has neither dampened their spirits nor muddied their white anklets. Axtell's sun-soaked, impressionistic oil paintings offer beautiful landscapes and engaging details, from wild animals who linger at a safe distance, to a dropped teddy that is retrieved just in time. Large figures on the page make this a good choice for storytimes as well as lap times. Like Michael Rosen's We're Going on a Bear Hunt (McElderry, 1989), this lovely picture book will delight preschoolers.-Laura Scott, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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