Our latest row was Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty. In the words of Amazon: "In this retelling of Androcles and the Lion, Andy meets a lion on the way to school and wins his friendship for life by removing a thorn from his paw." It is a quick read and the illustrations are fun.
The setting of the book is Andersonville, but the state wasn't specified. We have an Andersonville in Georgia, so we decided to place our story disk for this book on Georgia on our US map.
This book was dedicated fondly to the iconic lion statues at the New York Public Library. We read some about them at
https://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/the-story-behind-the-new-york-public-library-lions/. Here is a picture of them from afar ...
... and up close! They are over a hundred years old!
For a snack, we made the lion paw biscuits we saw at https://smallhandsinspired.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/kindergarten-week-2-fiar-andy-and-the-lion/. They were easy with just a can of biscuits and some raisins for the claws.
We filled ours with butter and honey on the inside. Our stomachs were growling like lions!
In the study of this book, we talked about Aesop's fables. This book very much masks his "The Lion and the Mouse" fable so we read it at http://www.read.gov/aesop/007.html (which features a cute, interactive button) and also in our The Usborne Book of Aesop's Fables. (We also read a few others out of here for fun.)
There was a lot to discuss about the art in this book! For one, we noticed the author's use of just two colors throughout, black, and this rusty gold color.
I challenged her to draw a lion in just the same two colors.
We also noticed all the curves and S-shapes in his drawings. Maggie made her own curvy drawing of Andy and the lion.
She even drew an S-shape in his tail.
Later, we did some scissor practice together and cut out three paper hearts to make a lion face. We got this cute idea from http://lookwhaterinmade.blogspot.com/2014/02/wrap-up-andy-and-lion.html. She was so happy with the end product!
To learn more about these creatures, we read her January 2014 issues of Zoobooks, which was all about lions. We love the great photographs and illustrations in this publication! Every month features a different animal.
Then, using the printables at http://www.homeschoolshare.com/lions.php, we completed this animal classification activity for lions. Great job, Mags!
For some fun, we put together the lion mask from this Wild Animals: Press Out and Build 3-D Masks activity book, which I bought ages ago at Books-a-Million.
She was quite proud!
We also remembered this mask I have used for Bible Club at our church's Partner in Education. I had bought it to teach a lesson on Daniel in the lions' den and Mags wanted to see which mask made her look fiercest. Tough guess which.
We had a lot of fun learning more about lions! Next up? Lentil!