Tawny Scrawny Lion

Tawny Scrawny Lion

by Kathryn Jackson


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One of the bestselling Little Golden Books of all time.
Once there was a tawny scrawny lion who chased monkeys on Monday—kangaroos on Tuesday—zebras on Wednesday—bears on Thursday—camels on Friday—and on Saturday, elephants!

So begins the classic story of a family of ten fat rabbits that teaches the hungry lion to eat carrot stew—so that he doesn’t eat them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307021687
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/28/1995
Series: Little Golden Book Series
Pages: 24
Sales rank: 48,271
Product dimensions: 6.63(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

In 1942, the launch of Little Golden Books revolutionized children’s book publishing by making high-quality picture books available at affordable prices. More than 60 years later, many of the original Golden Book titles are still wildly popular, with The Poky Little Puppy topping the list of ten bestselling children’s books of all time. Golden Books’ backlist is teeming with classics such as Dorothy Kunhardt’s Pat the Bunny, and features the stories and artwork of children’s book legends Mary Blair, Margaret Wise Brown, Richard Scarry, Eloise Wilkins, Garth Williams, and many more. Today, the Golden Books imprint includes an array of storybooks, novelty books, and coloring and activity books featuring all of the most popular licenses, including Disney, Nickelodeon, Barbie, Thomas & Friends, The Cat in the Hat, Sesame Street, Marvel Super Heroes, and DC Super Friends. Golden Books continues to reissue the best of its backlist in a variety of formats, including ebooks and apps, as well as bringing out brand-new books in these evolving new formats.

Gustaf Tenggren (1896–1970) was a well-known illustrator in his native Sweden before immigrating to the United States in 1920. He illustrated many Golden Books, beginning with The Poky Little Puppy. One of the original twelve Little Golden Books published in 1942, The Poky Little Puppy went on to become the bestselling picture book of all time. Other iconic Little Golden Books illustrated by Tenggren include The Saggy Baggy Elephant and Tawny Scrawny Lion. In the late 1930s, Tenggren worked for the Disney Studio, providing concept artwork (created to inspire and guide animators) for various characters and scenes in Bambi, The Old Mill, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, and Fantasia.

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Tawny Scrawny Lion 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The tawny scrawny lion spends his days chasing animals in the area, but he never catches them. Then he makes friends with a rabbit who tries to teach him to fish and makes friends with him. The rabbit and other friends tell him he is skinny and feed him soup. Then they tickle the lion, and take a nap. Nice story about being friends with others who need help. Cute illustrations too!
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now, like many stories of that era featuring "wild animals", the geography is complete nonsense. Lions coexist with bears and kangaroos. Yes, this is annoying. How annoying probably has a direct relationship to whether or not your beloved Mama read you this book when you were little :) And, like many stories of that era, the biology is also a bit skewed - Lions who eat carrot and fish stew will not be happy and plump, they will be even scrawnier because lions are obligate carnivores. Eating meat isn't something they do to be mean, it's something they do because they have no choice.So, you know, if you're looking for realism, this is not the book for you. If you're looking for a cute little story about how friendship tames wild beasts and makes everybody happy... well! This one is great. It's a bit wordy, so consider your audience.
michelleknudsen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting to read a book that so frankly addresses the idea of characters eating each other! Fun to read, though, and the ending felt satisfying. Carrot stew = possible secret pro-vegetarian propaganda? :)
teddiemitchell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Tawny Scrawny Lion was so hungry and tired that he could barely chase food anymore. The animals hated wondering if they would be ate so they asked a little rabbit to go talk to the lion. The rabbit told the lion that he could come have dinner with him and his brothers and sisters. The lion thought it would be a good dinner to have 10 rabbits for dinner. The rabbit took him around getting items for their carrot stew. Once they arrived at the rabbit's home they gave him some stew and the lion ate and ate til he was no longer hungry. After eating the stew he did not crave animals again all he wanted was the carrot stew.This is a cute book that shows that even the helpless creatures can help a mean one. When you befriend someone you would not usually it could really help them.In the classroom I would have the students draw a picture of what they thought the lion dreamed of eating at first and then of the carrot stew. I also might have them tell about a time they helped out another person.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
I was very sensitive as a child.  The idea of one animal eating another animal bothered me.  So, as a consequence, despite the fantastic artwork, I did not really like this book. Fast-forward thirty or so years and I'm working as a children's librarian.  For some reason, our department decided to turn this book into a puppet show.  I'm working on the "screenplay" for the puppet show, and I suddenly realize how funny this book actually is.  My newly-five-year-old son has a very strong and and strange sense of humor.  He also is drawn to beautiful artwork.  He, of course, loves this book.
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I love this book so much. Cant wait for little kayman to read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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A lovely story - frequently requested by our two year old - despite lack of interactive features, it still remains popular. Love the bunny!
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MB513 More than 1 year ago
It does not stand out as much as most Golden books. The story is okay, I would have given a 3.5 but you can't do half stars.
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School-Marm More than 1 year ago
This hasn't changed in all these years. EXCELLENT reader! He was a outstanding voice for the dialog. Worth every penny to me, even though I still have my original that costed 25? BRAND NEW.
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BIBERLIN MIRANDA More than 1 year ago
Used to read it as a kid, now i can read it on the nook with my sister and show her the same book i read when i was her age
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