Lion Lessons

Lion Lessons
Written and Illustrated by Jon Agee

Publisher’s Summary:
There are seven steps to becoming a proper lion, including Looking Fierce, Roaring, Prowling Around, and Pouncing. Our young hero, a rather meek and scrawny human boy, does his best to learn the necessary skills during his training with a master instructor (who just happens to be a real lion). After a grueling set of lessons, the boy discovers that that the final step-Looking Out for Your Friends-is the most important of all. That’s how any kid can earn his lion diploma (not to mention the affection of every cat in town).

Primary Source Pairing:
In this fun book, we learn about the adaptations of a lion and how these make the lion the King of the Jungle. Invite students to study the photograph of the lion and think about the seven steps to becoming a lion. What visual evidence supports the seven steps?

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • What can you learn from examining this image?
  • What animal adaptations do you see? How do these adaptations help a lion?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Lion picture: