The Lion Who Stole My Arm
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- Hardback | 88 pages
- 137 x 208 x 12mm | 200g
- 21 Sep 2020
- Candlewick Press,U.S.
- Massachusetts, United States
- Illustrations, black and white
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--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review) Davies brings her typical sharp insights into animal behavior and ecological conservation to the story... While Pedru's anxieties and frustrations are slow to recede, Davies emphasizes the positive developments that arise from his tragedy, including his discovery of a drawing talent and introduction to a group of scientists studying the lions. An epilogue underpins the story's positivity, and an afterword details the dire threats facing lions in the wild.
--Publishers Weekly [A] nuanced and ultimately encouraging story of reluctant accommodation between man and beast.
--The Wall Street Journal Davies's story, both subtle and thoughtful, is ... an exciting adventure tale. ... Children are rarely asked to consider all sides of ecological issues, and this look at a dwindling species is respectful of its readers' capacity to face ethical decisions in a thoughtful way. Helpful footnotes throughout explain the many lesser-known African flora and fauna that serve as a rich backdrop to the story, and the emotion-filled black-and-white illustrations add just the right touch. Excellent factual notes from author and zoologist Davies are appended.
--The Horn Book [T]his brief tale bridges the gap between the few picture books and longer novels set in this region.
... [P]rovides adventure and fills a cultural niche for chapter-book readers.
--Kirkus Reviews Davies' slim book carefully teaches without preaching, as Pedru learns to look at lions in a different way and to contemplate peaceful, workable solutions to perilous problems. It also conveys the message that strength comes from within. Wright's black-and-white illustrations evocatively convey Pedru's story.
--Booklist Exciting... While the story starts harshly, it ends on a positive note. The author finishes with facts about lion conservation in East Africa.
--Library Media Connection
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