Pulling the Lion's Tail

Pulling the Lion's Tale by Jane Kurtz. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. (1995) Reading Level: Ages 4-10. 32 pages. Simon & Schuster. ISBN: 0689803249.

Pulling the Lion's Tail
  • Compare and contrast:
    • Pulling the Lion's Tail by Jane Kurtz
    • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (HarperCollins, 1985)
    • Black-Eyed Susan by Jennifer Armstong (Crown, 1995)
      Kurtz's and MacLachlan's titles focus on two youngsters, in different cultures, forging a relationship with a new mother. The ten-year-old girl, in Armstrong's book, is in Dakota Territory, with a mother who is struggling to overcome feelings of loneliness and isolation.
  • Use Cinderella stories from all over the world to start a discussion on the idea of the wicked stepmother.
  • Compare and contrast other variations of the Lion's Tail Folktale.
    • "The Lion's Whisker" in Peace Tales: World Folktales to Talk About by Margaret Read MacDonald (Linnet Books, 1992).
    • "The Lion's Whisker" in The Lion's Whisker: Tales of High Africa by Brent Ashabranner and Russell Davis (Little Brown, 1959).
    • "The Lion's Whisker" in African Village Folktales by Edna Mason Kaula (World, 1968).
    • The Tiger's Whisker by Harold Courlander. (Harcourt, 1957).