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Summary: Lavi the Lion leaves his pride (family) to find his new home and pride and has a wonderful adventure on the way! This book is an allegory to the journey of life and the different families one is part of along the way.
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading; read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 9
Age of Child: Read to 3 1/2 year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler enjoyed Lavi and his journeys. S/he discussed the different places lions can live.
Adult Reader Reaction: This was a fun book to read through slowly with lots of conversation along the way.
Pros: The book offers great factual information from the Pittsburgh Zoo about lions.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This book is gentle reinforcement for the fact that life IS change and that change isn't always bad.
Educational Themes: Whether you further draw out the themes of life and change for discussion; talk about a pending/recent move or a shift in family dynamics; or build on an interest to learn more about lions, it's easy to bring this book to life.