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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
Leo is a great lion who lives in Africa’s savanna, and whose job it is to protect his pride’s lands. A lot of the other animals didn’t care for Leo because he was aggressive and mean. During one of his days protecting the lands, he stepped on a thorn and hurt himself. He cried and screamed for help but, not surprisingly, none of the other animals would help him because of the way he treated them. With no one to help him and not being able to move, Leo remained in the same spot for three whole days. On the fourth day, Leo’s help comes from a very unlikely source; a mouse named Mo. Mo tells the great lion that he could help him but under one condition. He tells Leo that the only way he’ll help him is if he never hurts him or his friends again. To this Leo readily agrees because he’s hungry and thirsty. After Mo helps Leo, the two become best friends and the mean animal has changed his ways and become a nice lion that everyone in the savanna grew to love.
Leo Learns About Kindness is a wonderful children’s book that delivers a very strong and important message. If you are nice to others, others will be nice to you, or in other words, the golden rule. I thought Leo was a very relatable character kids could understand and see themselves in him. It helps to get the message to the young reader that being mean to people is not right and when the time comes that the mean person needs help, it’s often hard to find. Mo, a mouse, shows the aggressive lion kindness and teaches him a lesson. The illustrations also help youngsters better understand the story. These are bright and colorful to draw the child reader in. It’s a really great picture book that a child would benefit from reading, especially in this day and age where we see everywhere that kindness is hard to find. On the news and social media, bad news and unkind behavior are what often circulate. Children now have access to these stories and videos more than ever before. It’s always good to find a kids' book that is not only fun to read, but teaches a valuable lesson that our world tends to brush over. It’s definitely a children’s book I’d recommend to others.