Thursday, 12 October 2017

Review: 'The Lion Who Wanted To Love'

I'm often on the lookout for children's books featuring strong, brave girls and thankfully these are getting much easier to find. But now that Ezra is getting older, I've noticed it's much harder to find books featuring caring, gentle, sensitive boys. I'm of the opinion that not only do we need to give our girls strong role models, we also need role models that will encourage boys to show their loving, nurturing and emotional sides.

Our latest trip to the library unearthed a book I've heard of before but  hadn't thought to read until now: 'The Lion Who Wanted To Love' by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz.


This is the story of Leo, a lion cub who would much rather hug than hunt. But his mother isn't happy about this and forces him to leave the pride.


In the jungle, Leo helps the other animals and they repay him by bringing him food (let's not think too hard about the logistics of that, shall we?) until one day Leo finds himself in danger and needs the help of his new friends. In the end, he is accepted not only back into his pride, but becomes the King.


I really love the message of this book - that it's OK to be different, it's good to show your loving side and that will encourage others to love and support you. It's great to find a book with a male character who wants to be kind and gentle - and shows great bravery too.

The book is a big hit with Ezra. He's probably a little too young to understand the story but he loves rhyming text (of which Andreae, aka Purple Ronnie, is a master) and Wojtowycz's vibrant and whimsical pictures are just right for him too. He'll often carry the book over and demand a reading - the classic Ezra seal of approval! I'm definitely going to get a copy of this one to keep, and hopefully as he gets older he'll absorb the message that it's good to have a softer side.

If you've come across stories of loving, caring boys please let me know, I'd love to get hold of a few!

Linking up with Day 12 of #Blogtober17 - Love; #ReadWithMe hosted by Mama Mummy Mum and Kids Love To Read #KLTR hosted by Laura's Lovely Blog and The Inspiration Edit.


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17 comments:

  1. Looks like a lovely book, my son is currently really into his books and brings me one after the other, im already looking at books to get him for christmas. He'll be 19 months then, any suggestions welcome x x

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    1. Mine is 19 months now and loves anything that rhymes, the Julia Donaldson books are a big hit with him. He also loves lift the flap books, like the Spot books or the Rod Campbell books.

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  2. Aww! What a lovely book....
    I miss books like this now my girls are older x

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    1. I think I will too. I might just start volunteering at a preschool so that I can keep reading them!

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  3. I love Giles Andreae books - I'll look out for this at the library! #KLTR

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    1. He's fab isn't he? I spotted a little boy reading 'Rumble In The Jungle' earlier and got nostalgic remembering my daughter reading it!

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  4. I love this story and The Lion Who Wanted to Love was one of the very first books I reviewed on Story Snug. I've just read the blogpost again and there's a comment from an African lady which says that lions just aren't like this!

    #ReadWithMe

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    1. I'm off to read that post now! Yes, you do have to suspend disbelief a bit, but hey, it's a children's book, we're not asking for gritty realism!!

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  5. What a lovely sentiment! I'll definitely have to a think and come back to you with some book recommendations, thank you for sharing with #readwithme

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    1. Ooh yes, any recommendations would be great!

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  6. Looks lovely! I haven't come across this one so one to add to our list to look out for! #readwithme

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    1. It's a really nice one, I think we'll get it as a Christmas present as I love the message.

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  7. I can't believe I haven't thought of finding books with sensitive male characters in before. I'll definitely keep a look out and let you know if I find any #readwithme

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    1. Please do, they're quite hard to come across!

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  8. This is such a cute book. I love the illustrations but as you say the message is great and it's one to teach little one's. Thanks for linking up to KLTR

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  9. This sounds like a really lovely book and I love the message in it too. Thanks for linking up to #KLTR

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