• Title: The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water
  • Author: Idries Shah, Ingrid Rodriguez
  • Released: 2005-09-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 0
  • ISBN: 1883536715
  • ISBN13: 978-1883536718
  • ASIN: 1883536715
From School Library Journal PreSchool-Grade 2–The audio version of the traditional Afghan story written by Idries Shah (Hoopoe Books, 1998) doesn't add a great deal to the print version. Although the book's colorful illustrations by Ingrid Rodriguez will appeal to animal-loving  preschoolers, the story line is weak. Share, the Lion is feared by the other animals because of his deep Grrrrrrrr. As the animals scatter in fear, Share decides to quench his thirst in a pool of water, where he discovers his reflection, which scares him. As the other animals seemingly forget their fear of Share and join him at the pool for a drink, Share's fear of his reflection is alleviated. There is no explanation for the animals' collective acceptance of Share, nor is there much connection to the moral stated at the end, at last I've learned that a reflection is not the same as the real thing. Audio for this title consists of three tracks: an introduction with listening suggestions followed by read-aloud tracks, one with page-turn signals and one without. The seven-minute reading by a male narrator is accompanied by peaceful Middle-Eastern string and percussion music. Although the audio is adequate, the story itself is somewhat disjointed and doesn't offer a satisfying conclusion.–Kristen Martindale, formerly Menomonie WI Public Library, WI
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From This "teaching story," retold by the Afghan writer Idries Shaw, is over 800 years old. In it, Share the lion cannot understand the fears of the animals that run away when they hear him roar. But when he sees himself in the glassy reflection of the water, Share is convinced that another lion has come to compete with him for resources and is himself intimidated. Narrator Michael Ashcroft has a pleasant voice and creates a variety of character voices from the deep rumbling GRRRRR of the growling lion to the falsetto of the little butterfly. Children will enjoy the accompanying book's bright illustrations and listening along to this story from another culture. J.C.G. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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