The Lion Who Had Asthma


Sean likes to pretend he’s a lion, roaring in the jungle. But this lion starts to cough, his chest hurts, and it’s hard to breathe. This lion has asthma. So Sean’s mother gives him the mask to the nebulizer that will make his medicine into an easy-to-breathe mist. Now Sean imagines he’s a jet pilot.

  • 32 Pages
  • 8.75" x 8"
  • 9780807545607
  • January 1992

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  • Although this title seems drippingly allegorical, the story is actually honest, light, and direct. A fine collaborative effort between author and illustrator, it delivers a believable picture of a preschool boy who has a freewheeling imagination, supportive parents, asthma, and a life that works well.

    - School Library Journal

  • For children who have asthma, or know someone who has it, this cheerful book should be reassuring; creative enough to be fun, it’s still clear enough to be useful, while Sean’s calm, sensible parents set a fine example. Westcott’s colorful, lightly sketched illustrations deftly express Sean’s feelings through his own body language and that of his animal friends.

    - Kirkus Reviews


Nadine Bernard Westcott

Common Core

RL.K.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9 RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9