RANDY'S DANDY LIONS
"It is always a mystery to me why I have mike (microphone) fright on some occasions and not on others. Such fear is a great handicap, paralyzing; a common affliction, and yet hard to deal with. Such groundless fear is the subject of one of my early books, 'Randy's Dandy Lions'." This story "points out the difference between justified fear and unwarranted fear".
"With a tent full of people all staring at once
They suddenly froze, couldn't budge from their places
With baffled and terrified looks on their faces
All except Dudley the bravest of all
Who had just enough courage to stand on a ball
So the act was a flop and the crowd became rude.
They all stamped their feet, while they hissed and they booed."
DRAWINGS FROM ROUGH DRAFT
|Lions were one of my father's favorite animals. On Sunday drives, our family would often travel to the Lion farm north of Los Angeles to look at the lions and other animals used in motion pictures. He always thought that lions looked very proud and dignified. Two other books featured lions: Hubert's Hair-raising Adventure and Eli.
Copyright 1964 by William B. Peet, Houghton Mifflin Co. Boston