In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb by Marion Dane BauerIn Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb by Marion Dane Bauer

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

byMarion Dane BauerIllustratorEmily Arnold Mccully

Paperback | January 2, 2012

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March comes in with a roar.
He rattles your windows
and scratches at your door.

In this exuberant, rhythmic story, March, personified as a lion, enters a boy's cozy home and leaves a trail of snow flurries and muddy footprints. The boy calmly observes the pouncing, howling, growling lion until in comes the lamb on the crest of a huge sneeze.

Escorted by grass, flowers, sunshine, showers, and animal babies, the lamb brings forth spring.
Marion Dane Bauer is an award-winning author who also teaches in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College. Among her Clarion titles are ON MY HONOR, a Newbery Honor Book; A BEAR NAMED TROUBLE; and RUNT: THE STORY OF A WOLF PUP. She lives with her partner, Ann Goddard, in Eden Prairie, ...
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Title:In Like a Lion, Out Like a LambFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 10 × 9.04 × 0.14 inPublished:January 2, 2012Publisher:Holiday HouseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823424324

ISBN - 13:9780823424320

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The title's familiar proverb, muse for many a postwinter bulletin board, inspires this picture-book interpretation. "March comes with a roar. / He rattles your windows / and scratches at your door" reads the text as the ink-and-watercolor illustrations show a young boy, who looks out the window and finds an ominous feline face peering in through the snow. Each subsequent scene illustrates the literal meaning a child might imagine when hearing the meteorological metaphors: a lion tracks mud, sleet, and hail into the house and just will not leave. Then, one morning, some fresh air tickles the obstinate beast's nose, and a cute lamb comes flying out with his sneeze, spreading nature and newness. The poetic license in this final scene, as well as in some of the rhymes, feels stretched, but both the words and pictures offer a warm depiction of the change of seasons-along with a shout-out to young springtime allergy sufferers.