Johnny Lion's Book (An I Can Read Book, Level 1)

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9780060293345: Johnny Lion's Book (An I Can Read Book, Level 1)

While his mother and father are out, Johnny Lion stays home and reads his very first book--it's about a little lion just like him! But the little lion in the book does not stay home. He goes out into the tall grass all by himself and meets a creature with big white teeth and a tail that goes swish, swish, swish. The adventures in Johnny Lion's book are so real that Johnny Lion feels as if they had happened to him!

This classic I Can Read Book introduces the beloved little lion to children who are also just discovering the joy of reading. Edith Thacher Hurd's playful text is perfectly captured in the warm pictures by her husband, Clement Hurd, the illustrator of Goodnight Moon.

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Johnny Lion's mother and father are going out hunting. "Be a good little lion," says Mother Lion. "Do not go out of the house." But Johnny has something better to do. He has a brand-new book! "Oh no," he says. "I will not go out of the house. I will read my book all day long." At first he does not read very well. He tries and tries until he can finally read the story. Imagine his surprise when it turns out to be all about a little lion a lot like himself, with parents who go out hunting for something good to eat, just like Johnny's parents. As Johnny reads about Oscar P. Lion's exciting day--escaping a crocodile, trying to hunt, getting lost--he begins to feel like he's the one having the adventures.

Every child who first discovers the magic of reading knows what it's like to be absorbed by a new (or old) storybook. The classic pairing of Edith Thacher Hurd and her husband Clement Hurd (illustrator of Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny) in the Johnny Lion books (Johnny Lion's Rubber Boots and Johnny Lion's Bad Day)is a welcome treat for any reader, veteran or novice. Clement Hurd's yellow and red lions are some of the most appealing felines readers are likely to encounter on or off the page. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

About the Author:

Edith Thacher Hurd was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She wrote more than seventy-five children's books, including Starfish, I Dance in My Red Pajamas and the Johnny Lion books, many of which were illustrated by her husband, Clement Hurd.

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