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Lazy lion
Mwenye Hadithi.
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First U.S. edition.
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Boston : Little, Brown, [1990]

A lazy and demanding lion orders the animals of his kingdom to build him a house before the Big Rain comes.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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What happens when the Big Rain comes and Lion has no home to shelter him, because he has been too lazy to build one? Ordered by Lion, the other animals do their best to do it for him, but none of their homes is good enough for Lion.

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Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. When thunder clouds appear over the hot African plains, Lion knows he'll need a house in order to stay dry. Lazy as he is, however, he wouldn't dream of building one himself and so orders the other animals to do the work for him. Each animal builds him a house just like its own, but Lion is not pleased with any of them. The white ants' palace of towers and spires has a tiny door; the aardvarks' burrow is damp and dark; the crocodile's cave is full of water. At last the rains come and everyone else runs inside, but Lion gets soaked out on the open plain where he still lives today. In addition to its moral about laziness, this pleasant little fable conveys much information about the dwellings of African animals. Kennaway's attractive watercolors in shades of brown and golden yellow stress the animals' reactions and are gently humorous about Lion's silly efforts to live in inappropriate places. With its strong, simple text and wide, striking illustrations, this book is a natural choice for story time. ~--Leone McDermott

School Library Journal Review

In his original African pourquoi stories, Hadithi cleverly imbues his animals with human foibles ( Crafty Chameleon 1987, Greedy Zebra 1984, Tricky Tortoise 1988, all Little) to offer humorous, entertaining, and just-maybe possible explanations for their unique animal behavior. This time he looks at the languid lion who takes passing notice of the gathering rain clouds above the open plain and invokes his royal privilege to order an appropriately stately domicile. Not only is he too lazy to construct his own home, but he also turns up his nose at the accommodations offered by his more industrious neighbors. When the Big Rain comes, the others all rush off to the shelter of their hills, nests, caves, etc., leaving the king of the beasts to roam the plains in the rain--as is his way. Kennaway extends the simple text and dazzles readers with her bold, dramatic watercolors executed largely in golds, browns, and greens. She captures the stark beauty of the sun-parched land, its frantic inhabitants, and the ominous skyscape. The imminent rains are palpable. Kennaway's animals are always expressive, almost caricatures of themselves, yet remain essentially animal-like and true to their own natures. A satisfying safari. --Luann Toth , School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.