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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Leah the Lion is a children’s picture book written in rhyme by Cheryl Sperry Golke and illustrated by Nifty Illustrations. Leah is a young lion cub that loves to roar. She roars at everything she sees, feeling happiness at the strength behind her mighty roar. But the other lions at school misunderstand and think that Leah is always angry. Soon Leah realizes she no longer has any friends, which makes her very sad. Leah decides that it is time to talk to the friends that abandoned her about why she roars... with surprising results.
This truly is a wonderful, feel-good story about misunderstandings in friendships and more. Cheryl Sperry Golke’s tale of a young lion who loves doing what she is good at (roaring) while, at the same time, unknowingly scaring away all of her friends is a very good lesson for children to learn. Sometimes when people misunderstand what a person does and why, it creates quite a rift which, if not quickly addressed, can spiral out of control. Leah’s sudden loss of friends confuses her a great deal, but when she discovers the reason they had abandoned her, damage control quickly steps in, creating results which surprise everybody, including Leah!
I very much enjoyed this well thought out tale which is almost fable-like, and which I feel will gain quite the following in the years to come. I wholeheartedly recommend Leah the Lion to young readers aged 5-12, for them to discover that sometimes not everybody understands the reasons for the things we do, and that communication is the key to resolving all conflicts.