When Cub is blamed for a squabble that his little sister instigates, the little lion then navigates a variety of anger-management techniques suggested by the savanna community.
Gnu recommends “stamping and stomping,” which only leads the angry Cub to hurt his paw on a stone. Rhino proposes bashing and crashing, while Hippo advocates splattering and splashing, which only makes Cub smelly and stinky. Now he is even more irate and gets in a loud, raucous argument with Elephant, which then initiates a huge “STAMPEDE!” When things settle down, gray-whiskered Baboon commiserates with Cub’s feelings and offers the most effective method to let out one’s anger. “First, breathe deeply in and out, and slowly count to 10. / Make a bunch of funny faces, then start all over again!” Mindful awareness inspires an apology, much to the visible delight of papa Lion. Soft-toned digital art against an expanse of stark white space presents a vibrant view of the range of young and old wildlife trying to solve a problem—though it is humanity’s lesson in simple humility, offered by a wise elder with a plausible and comforting solution, that effortlessly prevails. In this French import, the clean, minimal storytelling with sincere dialogue has much to say about emotions and reactions.
Subtle and effective, with a touch of drama to prove a point. (Picture book. 3-6)