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IN LIKE A LION OUT LIKE A LAMB by Marion Dane Bauer

IN LIKE A LION OUT LIKE A LAMB

By Marion Dane Bauer (Author) , Emily Arnold McCully (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: March 21st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2238-8
Publisher: Holiday House

In Bauer’s capable hands, the age-old simile of March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb is made quite literal. Readers follow as, one after the other, they visit the house of one little boy. “March comes with a roar. / He rattles your windows / and scratches at your door. / He turns snow to mud, / then tromps across your floor.” The lion wreaks utter havoc—until the day when the soft breeze and new tree buds cause the lion to sneeze. Riding the wave of that sneeze, the lamb comes prancing in, ushering in all things spring. And that lion? Is he going to lurk about and cause trouble? No, his rumbles are snores now, and he'll sleep away the days until next March. Bauer cleverly uses her transition sneeze to set up the possibility of a sequel—summer bugs ride in on the lamb’s mighty "A-A-A-A-CHOO!" While the text provides the skeleton, McCully’s pen, ink and watercolor illustrations truly bring the old song to life. Her lion is a wonderful cross between a fierce foe, threatening with his teeth and claws, and a party pooper, making a mess and spoiling any good times outdoors. Meanwhile, the lamb is a perfect ball of snow-white fluff. Spare backgrounds during the lion’s reign echo the bleakness of the weather and change to light blues and greens as the lamb takes charge. A good addition to the spring shelf, it is sure to find its way, roaring and bleating, to classrooms studying similes. (Picture book. 4-8)