By (artist) :Jenny Lucander ,
Translated by :B.J. Woodstein
Imprint:Groundwood Books - Toronto
Form detail:Picture book, Printed dust jacket
Audience:Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 6, Grade (CAN) P - 1, Grade (US) P - 1
Dimensions:7.68in x 9.65 in | 0.32 kg
Page Count:32 pages
A tender story, punctuated by moments of humor, about the illness of a sibling, the love between brothers and the healing power of imagination.
I am a lion, and my big brother is one, too … until one day, he gets sick.
The narrator and his big brother have the best game in the world together. They are dangerous lions on the savannah! One day, big brother doesn’t want to run around anymore. His stomach hurts. He has to see the doctor and take medicine, and even has to stay at the hospital.
Lions don’t want to be trapped by wires and tubes! The narrator instigates a hunt, and the brothers run around the hospital together, chasing gazelles and startling the wildebeest. But big brother is very sick and can't keep up. Lions can’t cry, his little brother insists. But they can miss the rest of their pride. With Mom and Dad, the narrator tries to comfort his sibling. Soon, he knows, the two lions will go hunting again.
A tender story, unexpectedly punctuated by moments of humor, about the illness of a sibling, the love between brothers and the healing power of imagination.
Key Text Features
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
JENS MATTSSON is a school librarian living in Lund, Sweden. We Are Lions! is his debut work, inspired by the eternal subjects of life, death and play.
JENNY LUCANDER is a Finnish-Swedish children's book creator who has illustrated several acclaimed children's books. She has won the Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize, and has been nominated for the Runenberg Prize and the Rudolf Koivu Prize for the most beautiful picture book. She lives in Helsinki, Finland.
B.J. WOODSTEIN is a translator, writer, doula, lactation consultant and associate professor of literature. She lives in Norwich, England, with her wife and their children.