SynopsisLeonard is a lion who loves poetry and daydreaming, and his best friend is Marianne, a duck. But the other lions insist that Leonard should be fierce.
Lesson accessvia url-link or QR-Code
Equipment tablet, phone / laptop, internet connection, headphones
Materials dictionary (online or paper), craft materials
Language Skillslistening, vocabulary (verbs), speaking (read aloud)
Cross-curricular Linksdrama, dance, history, natural science
ValuesCourage, individuality, friendship, being true to your own beliefs
World Event DayWorld Lion Day World Poetry Day

Mini Picturebook e-Lessons: Guidelines

STEP 1: Look at the Cover

Look and describeWhat do you see on the front cover? Describe the colours, the lion, his posture, his expression.
Read and thinkRead the title. How do you think a lion should be? Is there just one way to be a lion?  What do you think?
PredictHow do you think the lion on the cover page is going to be?
ResearchFind out what noise lions make, how lions walk, how lions act
PersonaliseWhen you have your own ideas during the day, how would you describe them?  
PersonaliseDo you like reading poems? Do you have a favourite poem (in English or your own language)? Have you ever written your own poem? Describe the process. 
CheckLook up the opposite of: big, good, fierce, stuck, right.
Check Look up the meaning of these verbs: to daydream, to prowl, to chomp, to growl, to roar.
Step 2 and Step 3: Listen and Watch
Part AListen and watch for general understanding and enjoyment.
Part BListen and watch again and answer the questions, pause and replay when you need to.
What do the lions say is the way to be a lion?
 What do lions do if they catch an animal?
 What does Leonard love to do?
 What does Leonard do on his thinking hill?
 What does Leonard do with words?
 Pause the video when Leonard meets a duck. Look at the duck’s expression. 
How does she feel? What do you think is going to happen?
 What is the duck’s name? What does Leonard say to her?
 What do Leonard and Marianne do together?
What do the other lions say Leonard must be?
 How does Leonard feel? What does Marianne say?
 What do Leonard and Marianne do with their thoughts and ideas?
 What does Leonard say words can do? Do you agree?
Step 4: Add your Voice
Review & Join inWatch the story again and join in with Ed Vere when he says: Crunch, Crunch, Chomp.
ReviewCan you remember the things Leonard loves to do and the things he and Marianne do together?
Act outAct out the part of the story when Leonard introduces himself to Marianne.  Play Leonard introducing himself to another creature.
ThinkDo you think words can change the world?  Do you think Leonard’s words made the other lions think?  How do you know? (Look carefully at the illustration).
CreateWrite or say your own Leonard and Marianne poem.
Describe & CompareDescribe Leonard’s strengths. What about you? What are your strengths?
Personal response Leonard and Marianne go to a thinking hill when they want to think. Do you have a special place you like to go to think or daydream?
TranslanguageYou may know the word simba from The Lion King which is the name for lion in Swahili.  How do you say lion in your language?
ThinkWhat do you think is the message of this story?
Your opinionWhich is your favourite part of the story? Why?
Step 5: Share and Evaluate your work
ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.
EvaluateComplete the evaluation sheet to reflect on your learning.

Need Help ? Part A: Read and complete. You can write or say your answers. You can do this on your own, in pairs or in a class discussion.
Part B: Think about how well you did. Choose and draw the smiley face that fits best.

Teacher Notes

Want More?
1Draw along with Ed Vere and learn how to draw Leonard. (continue viewing video)
2Find and read the poems Leonard and Marianne are reading: 
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost and Hope is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson.  If you cannot read them in English, can you find translations in your language? 
3Enjoy watching and listening to the song, Circle of Life, from The Lion King, performed at the Gare de Lyon in Paris in June 2019. Link
Learn Sign Language

If you enjoyed the read aloud, why not learn some Sign Language. Watch Leanne sign How to be a Lion and learn how to sign: lion, duck, poem and words.

©Ellis, G. & Gruenbaum, T. for PEPELT 2020

How to be a Lion by Ed Vere, published by Puffin, 2018

Video ©Puffin Time for Stories