Healthy Reading for Children: Part 3

Note: As a child, I loved to color and when I became a mother, I returned to my joy of coloring with my children. I especially loved to color with them on rainy days. I also grew up loving to rhyme and still put many of my thoughts into rhyme. So Bonnie’s book really resonates with me.

Pride of Lions, Stench of Skunks:

More Than Two by Two-The Collective Nouns of Animals

by Bonnie Gordon-Lucas

Bonnie Gordon-Lucas has combined my love of coloring books and rhyming words into a children’s coloring book about groups of animals and people with short rhymes to accompany the wonderfully whimsical illustrations. She focuses on the actual collective names of animals. For example, a pride of lions is the accepted term to use a group of lions, but the author uses the less-known collective noun “cloud” for her Cloud of Bats page.

See the rhyme printed larger at the end of the review.*

In this rhyming coloring book, Gordon-Lucas provides information and illustrations for bats, hippos, whales, lions, flamingoes, toads, bears, skunks, oysters, and humans (for we are also animals.) Above is one of the illustrated pages of the coloring book. (Some of the animals have a two-page spread.) As you can see, it is quite detailed with a delightful rhyme. All of the pages have this fanciful feel to them. In fact, Bonnie Lucas-Gordon describes herself best in the BIO I asked her to send. Here is an excerpt:

“Brooklyn Bonnie ( is an illustrator and visual communicator. Whimsy and imagination define Bonnie’s style to help ensure the world is not flat. Her drawings are inspired by dreams, song titles, famous quotes, twisted misquotes, limericks, lyrics and poems.”

The author has also created greeting cards, illustrated magazines, rubber stamps, and even apparel. (I first learned about My Bonnie from a catalog decades ago and still own the hand-painted watermelon t-shirt with sox to match!)

While the coloring book is whimsical, it is also a teaching tool about animals, rhyming, and art. For example, at the end of the book, the author lists more of her own favorite collective nouns that she suggests her young readers can write about and illustrate, such as: a dazzle of zebras, a trip of goats, and a prickle of porcupines. The last page is actually a “Wild and Crazy” mix and match page in which children can match the 10 collective nouns with the 10 animals illustrated in the coloring book.

This rhyming coloring book, Pride of Lions, Stench of Skunks, is a perfect gift for any child, for almost all children love animals. Iplan to gift it to my friend’s pre-school granddaughter. Here is information for purchasing the book:

Purchase book online at or find it online at

Cost: $15.00 includes signature & dedication.

*Rhyme from Sample Page: Sloth of Bears

By cliff and cave
where North Wind blow
in the snow.
They run, they wrestle,
they splash in streams,
then they shuffle off to snore
on a pillow full of dreams.


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