Akimbo and the Lions (Akimbo Series)

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Ten-year-old Akimbo lives on a game preserve in Africa. His father is the head ranger, and Akimbo is eager to help him whenever he can—even if it means getting into some pretty dangerous situations.

In Akimbo and the Lions, Akimbo helps his father set a trap for a lioness that has been attacking cattle on nearby farms. But when the lion they catch turns out to be a cub, Akimbo must find a way to care for the young lion until it's old enough to ...

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Overview

Ten-year-old Akimbo lives on a game preserve in Africa. His father is the head ranger, and Akimbo is eager to help him whenever he can—even if it means getting into some pretty dangerous situations.

In Akimbo and the Lions, Akimbo helps his father set a trap for a lioness that has been attacking cattle on nearby farms. But when the lion they catch turns out to be a cub, Akimbo must find a way to care for the young lion until it's old enough to be released in the wild.

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No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency creator Alexander McCall Smith has never before ventured into children's book territory, but his first safari is a triumph. Akimbo and the Lions tells the story of a ten-year-old African boy who is eager to help his forest ranger dad whenever he can -- even if it sometimes lands him in perilous situations. In this vividly illustrated episode, young Akimbo learns to care for a lion cub until it's old enough to be released into the wild. LeUyen Pham's radiant drawings add to the appeal of this charming story.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-The author of the adult "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" mystery series originally published these delightful children's stories in Great Britain in the early 1990s. His short, illustrated chapter-book adventures will transport American readers to the plains of Africa where Akimbo lives with his parents on a Kenyan game reserve. His father works as a park ranger, and, on occasion, Akimbo is allowed to accompany him while he works. In Elephants, the two encounter a dead elephant, killed for its tusks. When the poachers aren't found immediately, Akimbo devises a plan to catch them in the act. After several suspenseful moments, the boy's simple, yet innocent plan works. In Lions, the child accompanies his father and other rangers as they investigate news of lion attacks. The plan is to trap the marauding animal and take it to another area, but by accident, they capture its cub. The African setting, dramatic full-page pencil illustrations, and the animal facts woven into the stories are sure to capture young readers.-Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599900322
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 1/23/2007
  • Series: Akimbo Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 7.34 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith has written more than fifty books, including the bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries and The Sunday Philosophy Club. A professor of medical law at Edinburgh University, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

www.alexandermccallsmith.com

LeUyen Pham has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Big Sister, Little Sister; Sing-Along Song; and Piggies in a Polka. She lives in San Francisco, California.

www.leuyenpham.com

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Table of Contents

A Lion Problem 1
The Trap 11
Lion! 19
Left Behind 29
Becoming Friends 39
Lion at School 49
Back to the Wild 57
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2007

    My 8 year old loved this book

    We stumbled upon this series at the library and my son just loves it! After reading the first in the series, he begged me to buy all four books...and he never begs for books. I appreciate books that can engage kids, while touching on global issues.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Great!

    One more book in another great series by Alexander McCall Smith.

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