NC Teacher Stuff
First of all, one of the most adorable book covers you will ever see. Bar none. It's just as engaging on the inside as well. This is also a story that would be a great read aloud for a lesson on being yourself. That is SO important in the K-2 world. There is a large amount of dialogue in Pink Lion, so it's perfect to convert into a Reader's Theater script for working on fluency. Another use would be to compare Arnold and his lion cousins using a Venn diagram. No lion, this book will charm your socks off.
School Library Journal
Arnold, a pink lion, has an amazing life down by the water hole with a family of flamingos. One day, a pride of lions approach and tell Arnold that he actually belongs with them because he looks more similar to lions than to flamingos. Arnold admits that he does look a bit more like a lion and feels a tad confused. He decides to spend time with the lions, hunting, licking himself to wash, and roaring. After a busy day, Arnold isn’t sure he is very good at being a lion and returns to the water hole, only to find that a crocodile has taken over. Arnold uses what he has learned about being a lion to protect those he loves and gains a group of new family members in the process. This bold and bright picture book will promote discussions about identity and what makes a family. The illustrations are painted in intense shades of mostly pink, yellow, and green on crisp white pages. The font is large and easy to read. Young listeners will enjoy helping Arnold find his voice by roaring right along with him. VERDICT A terrific read-aloud, this is a story of courage, questioning, and belonging. Great for starting conversations with young children.
Kirkus Reviews
A story about a lion raised by flamingos and nature versus nurture.

Arnold the lion is just as pink as his flamingo family members are, though the text doesn’t explain why this is so nor how he joined their family. All that matters is that he feels a sense of belonging with them. But then a pride of yellow lions appears and asks, “What’s he doing here? He’s supposed to be part of OUR family.” Arnold is “puzzled” but acknowledges that, apart from his coloring, he does look more like the lions than the flamingos, and so he leaves to learn to live among them. Despite his attempts, he never quite fits in, so he returns to the water hole to rejoin his flamingo family only to discover that a crocodile has muscled its way in and is demanding that they leave. This makes Arnold angry, and for the first time ever he lets out a big “RROOOOOOOAR!” The other lions hear him and run to his side. Together, they scare the crocodile away. They then form a peaceable kingdom of sorts with birds and lions (referred to as Arnold’s “new cousins”) splashing in the water hole together. Throughout, the illustrations’ boldly colored, limited palette and loose style add exuberance and fun to the telling of the story about identity and belonging.

It does indeed seem that it’s love that makes a family.