NOTE: My all-time favorite kids book is, hands down The Tawny Scrawny Lion by Kathryn Jackson with pictures by Gustaf Tenggren. There is something so much more than a hungry lion happening in the book. It’s about courage, daring, unexpected circumstances, discovering joy and happiness, but most of all, it’s about my favorite line:
If I were a lion on the bravely hunt
I’d insist that my prey be polite
Because as King of the Sahara, let me be blunt
I’m one of culinary delight.
I loved monkeys on Monday
Roos on the Tues.
Zebras on Wednesday
Thursdays were a bear roaring blues
I chased Friday camels with their split toes
By Saturday, elephants were as fast as I could go.
They didn’t feel safe and I didn’t feel sated
Even though each week, we all kept our dateds
Until that fat little rabbit came to count my ribs
When he mentioned his nine siblings
I prac-ti-cal-ly came undid!
I wished nothing more than to push bones to clutter
Feeling sleek as satin and fat as butter.
I followed the rabbit as he foraged for food
But man, he took so long, I thought, “One gulp should be good.”
But I refrained as he refrained his nine sibling kin
Would soon be making a tasty din-din!
Instead they filled me with vegetable stew
Topped me off with berries, then sang songs like fools
And for the first time in my life, with all dice rolled in
I was “fat as butter and sleek as satin.”