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In Lester Lion Wants to Roar, we meet Lester, a young lion cub.  One day, while playing with friends, he runs into a tree and sustains a concussion. 

He finds himself unable to play or use his powerful voice to roar.  Determined to regain his voice, Lester embarks on a courageous healing journey.

Along the way, he learns the importance of patience, perseverance, and self-acceptance.


With heartwarming illustrations and an inspiring message, Lester Lion Wants to Roar teaches young readers about acceptance, resilience, and the power to heal.


Donna M. Cramer is a retired special education teacher who lives in Massachusetts. She worked with young special needs students (preschool – first grade) for over 20 years.


While working at school, Donna sustained a life-altering brain injury. Cramer discovered a love for writing after her injury, particularly early in her recovery when she had difficulty expressing herself through speech.


She stays busy writing, doing yoga, and walking on the beach. She lives with her husband and two Maine Coon cats, all of whom facilitated her recovery with lots of love.


Cramer wants everyone to know that there is always hope. Even though it may seem like a distant, faraway glimmer, there is always hope.

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