I’m pretty proud of my library, I think it’s pretty awesome…but today’s story makes me think I’m missing something: a lion.
Michelle Knudsen’s book, Library Lion, is about a regular, everyday library that one day received a strange visitor.
The Lion came into the library and had a look around the stacks and card catalog (the kids have no idea what a card catalog is, of course) Before long, he decided to take a nap in the story area. When asked if it was allowed, the head librarian, Miss Merriweather, said, “as long as he isn’t breaking any rules, he can stay.”
He enjoys story hour quite a bit but isn’t happy when it’s over.
The Miss Merriweather tells him that roaring is not allowed and he will have to leave, but he may come back tomorrow if he follows the rules.
The Lion keeps coming back and becomes more and helpful to the librarians. One librarian, Mr. McBee does not like Lion and is always looking for him to break a rule, but the Miss Merriweather grows quite fond of him.
Then one day, Lion sees the Miss Merriweather fall and break her arm. He wants to get help for her but the only other person there is Mr. McBee. With no other way to communicate, Lion does what he must to get help for his friend.
Of course the mean librarian(we are a heartless bunch! 😉) tells him that he has broken a rule and must leave. Thankfully, he discovers the injured Miss Merriweather and gets her help.
But Lion doesn’t come back after that. The librarians are sad, the patrons are sad, and the library just doesn’t feel the same. Then one night, Mr. McBee decides to set things right. He goes out searching for Lion and welcomes him back, because sometimes there is a really good reason for roaring in the library.
Lion’s homecoming is so sweet, it makes me cry!
I think a lion would fit in perfectly in my school library, don’t you? He could help with dusting, and keeping the kids quiet…it would be so amazing!