Lionel the lion always takes the lion’s share by force—until his disappointed friends teach him that sharing is caring.
Lionel simply does not like to share. In the music shop on Monday, in the hat shop on Tuesday, at the balloon cart on Wednesday, Lionel can’t decide among all the tantalizing options. Just as a friend is about to choose an item, Lionel snatches it and adds it to his large collection. When his friends object that he can’t possibly use all those instruments, hats, or balloons, Lionel responds, “But I am a lion….And I get the lion’s share.” His poor, sad friends (all anthropomorphic animals) just wish he weren’t so selfish. On Thursday, at Chloe’s birthday party, Lionel takes it too far when he decides that the “lion’s share” is the whole cake! The birthday kitten cries, and his friends tell him he has been mean. He stomps off angrily, but by the time he gets home, he is sad, and he knows what he has to do to make amends. The mixed-media illustrations use a combination of soft hues and primary colors, with curving lines and simple expressions, to convey emotions. The triumph of kindness over selfishness is a lesson that never gets old.
From outrage to regret, amends, and forgiveness, the drama between friends makes the moral an easy pill to swallow. (Picture book. 3-8)