To compliment Valerie’s wonderful early nonfiction selections, I wanted to share a great picture book called If I Were a Lion, by Sarah Weeks, illustrated by Heather M. Solomon. I had the opportunity to read this aloud to several groups just this morning; it was a blast, and the adults enjoyed it too.
Weeks starts with a familiar situation for the very young–that is, time out–and spins it into a funny, whimsical story. A little girl’s mother sends her to her time out chair because the girl is being ‘wild’. The little girl replies (in her head, of course), ‘Wild? Who me? That is so absurd. How could she even use that word?’ She goes on to imagine, in charming rhyme and funny detail, how different wild animals might act in her position.
If I Were a Lion is a wonderful book to read aloud. The rhyme and rhythm, complimented by beautiful illustrations by Heather M. Solomon, create a charming journey into the imagination of a young person. Kids will love spotting and naming different animals on each page, and might even enjoy acting them out. Not only are rhythm and rhyme excellent tools for early literacy and language development, but this book is pure fun.