Leah the Lion


Children - Social Issues
28 Pages
Reviewed on 12/03/2017
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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.

Jack Magnus

Leah the Lion is a children’s story book written by Cheryl Sperry Golke and illustrated by Nifty Illustrations. Leah was a young lion cub who just loved to roar, and she was quite good at it. Leah kept on practicing her roaring, and she’d roar all the time. It didn’t matter whether she was at home or at school, in class or on the playground. Leah would roar and roar and roar. Her little sister didn’t understand why Leah kept on roaring. She thought Leah was unhappy. The other lion cubs in school started to dislike Leah, because she kept on roaring at them. No one understood why she kept on doing it, and no one liked it -- not one bit. Leah finally realized something was very wrong when everyone was invited to a birthday party but her. What was wrong with her? Why didn’t anyone like her? Her little sister came up with a very good solution.

Cheryl Sperry Golke’s children’s fable, Leah the Lion, addresses the social issues that arise when kids aren’t aware that they’re doing something which drives everyone else crazy. Sometimes, it’s a special skill that no one else has, and showing off can make other children feel jealous. Leah’s skillful roaring upsets the other children until she teaches them how to roar like she does. The solution to her problem was that simple. This humorous cautionary tale helps kids see themselves as others do. Nifty Illustrations’ artwork is right on point. I loved looking at the plucky little lion in mid-roar, especially with the pink ribbon perched jauntily on top of her head. Leah the Lion is a perfect selection for story time, especially when there’s an opportunity afterwards to discuss Leah and her roaring. It’s also a grand selection for a new reader. Leah the Lion is most highly recommended.

Bruce Arrington

Leah The Lion by Cheryl Sperry Golke is a sweet children’s illustrated story about Leah, who has an above average talent—that is, roaring louder than anything else around her. She ends up annoying everyone and everything around her, and alienating those closest to her without realizing what she is doing. The story intermingles the outside environment with indoor living, giving the impression the lions live like humans instead of wild critters out on the plains.

The artwork is colorful and helps to engage the reader. Most of the lines scan well in a rhyming format. The lesson about annoying others stands out to me most of all. What I find interesting is that it reflects the way many people deal with a problem someone else has. Instead of carefully addressing the situation in an appropriate manner, many will simply not communicate the problem and choose instead to ignore the person or avoid them altogether. And, of course, the situation is not resolved and may indeed grow worse. However, those creating the problem have to be willing to change, and that’s where this story succeeds.

Once the issue is identified, Leah is willing to change her ways and soon the issue is resolved to the point that the outcome is better than before, and for everyone. Leah The Lion by Cheryl Sperry Golke seeks to help children resolve conflicts and help them see change as a positive thing. I highly recommend it for children aged five years and up.