Age range: 2 to 5
The Story: Leo is not like any other lion, he wants to hug other animals rather than hunt them. His mother says his behaviour is not acceptable and he must leave the pride. However, Leo makes lots of friends in the jungle who come to his rescue when he is in trouble. By the end of the story he has a very proud mummy who humbly admits her mistake.
This story is told in rhyme and is beautifully illustrated. Two year olds will enjoy the story for it’s colourful, animal pictures while older children will understand and be able to discuss the underlying theme – it is good to be different and also to have courage in your convictions.
The Lion Who Wanted to Love won The Red House Best Picture Book Award in 1998.
Author – Giles Andreae / Illustrator – David Wojtowycz