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The Lion

by Brianna Baker

Five friends create a kingdom in the woods by mapping out their land and burying their treasures in a box. One day, one of the five notices a treasure missing from his box. He follows footprints through the woods which lead him to an interesting new friend.

What children can gain from this story: This story is great for early readers, as well as a fun story for older kids. The illustrations encourage readers to be attentive to detail and notice mapping and hidden imagery. This book shows young boys placing value on empathy, creativity and generosity in their friendships rather than rough play. This book engages children’s social and emotional awareness by encouraging them to accept differences and be open to new friendships.

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