I was delighted to finally stand by one of the New York Public Library lions. I've wanted to do that since I heard Andy and the Lion on Captain Kangaroo's tv show in the early Sixties. Andy is one of my heroes. He checks out library books AND he keeps pliers in his back pocket. Between wire sculpture and Buick difficulties, I often have pliers in my back pocket. James Daugherty's picture book was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1939. Just realized when I was asking students to squeeze the clay with all their might last week, I was channeling Andy!
Andy braced one foot against the lion's paw
and pulled with all his might
until the thorn
© 2011 Nancy L. Ruder