Tawny Scrawny Lion (Little Golden Book)

by Kathryn Jackson

Hardcover, 1980



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Golden Books (1980)


Once there was a tawny scrawny lion who chased monkeys on Monday—kangaroos on Tuesday—zebras on Wednesday—bears on Thursday—camels on Friday—and on Saturday, elephants! So begins the funny, classic Golden story of a family of ten fat rabbits that teaches the hungry lion to eat carrot stew—so that he doesn’t eatthem!

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LibraryThing member teddiemitchell
The Tawny Scrawny Lion was so hungry and tired that he could barely chase food anymore. The animals hated wondering if they would be ate so they asked a little rabbit to go talk to the lion. The rabbit told the lion that he could come have dinner with him and his brothers and sisters. The lion
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thought it would be a good dinner to have 10 rabbits for dinner. The rabbit took him around getting items for their carrot stew. Once they arrived at the rabbit's home they gave him some stew and the lion ate and ate til he was no longer hungry. After eating the stew he did not crave animals again all he wanted was the carrot stew.

This is a cute book that shows that even the helpless creatures can help a mean one. When you befriend someone you would not usually it could really help them.

In the classroom I would have the students draw a picture of what they thought the lion dreamed of eating at first and then of the carrot stew. I also might have them tell about a time they helped out another person.
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LibraryThing member michelleknudsen
Interesting to read a book that so frankly addresses the idea of characters eating each other! Fun to read, though, and the ending felt satisfying. Carrot stew = possible secret pro-vegetarian propaganda? :)
LibraryThing member conuly
Now, like many stories of that era featuring "wild animals", the geography is complete nonsense. Lions coexist with bears and kangaroos. Yes, this is annoying. How annoying probably has a direct relationship to whether or not your beloved Mama read you this book when you were little :) And, like
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many stories of that era, the biology is also a bit skewed - Lions who eat carrot and fish stew will not be happy and plump, they will be even scrawnier because lions are obligate carnivores. Eating meat isn't something they do to be mean, it's something they do because they have no choice.

So, you know, if you're looking for realism, this is not the book for you.

If you're looking for a cute little story about how friendship tames wild beasts and makes everybody happy... well! This one is great. It's a bit wordy, so consider your audience.
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LibraryThing member bmmoore
This piece of literary work isn't like the work that has been made over the last twenty years. This story didn't shy away from the realities that the lion is the king of the jungle and sits atop the food chain. It explains that lions are always hungry because they are constantly chasing bears,
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elephants, zebras, and monkeys to eat. Then he tries to eat 10 fat rabbits but they feed him carrot stew instead. The lion basically becomes a vegetarian since he doesn't have to chase carrot stew around the jungle. I don't think this book would be a success nowadays but for the time period it was written in, I'm sure the message was acceptable.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
I must have read this as a child or a young mom, but I sure don't remember it. Odd, because, in its way, it is a memorable story. I mean, never mind the silly plot, but think of the recipe: carrots, fish, and mushrooms. Think of ten little bunnies wearing clothes. Think of lions, kangaroos, and
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other wild animals all living in the same country.

Anyway, I have no idea whether I would have liked it when I was a kid. I kinda doubt it. But reading it now, I enjoy it on retro & surreal levels, and am perversely charmed.
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LibraryThing member amyghilton
One of the first books I remember reading as a child.
LibraryThing member aratiel
Fat as butter and sleek as silk! The words just roll off the tongue.


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