Christian the Lion (Henry Holt Edition)

Christian the Lion (Henry Holt Edition)

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by Anthony Bourke, John Rendall
     
 

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"In 1971 we wrote A Lion Called Christian, the story of a lion from London who returned to Africa. Forty years later, the Internet's YouTube has introduced a new world audience to Christian." --Ace Bourke and John Rendall

Through many previously unseen photographs, this picture book follows Christian as he grew from a tiny ball of fur into a majestic lion. Here

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"In 1971 we wrote A Lion Called Christian, the story of a lion from London who returned to Africa. Forty years later, the Internet's YouTube has introduced a new world audience to Christian." --Ace Bourke and John Rendall

Through many previously unseen photographs, this picture book follows Christian as he grew from a tiny ball of fur into a majestic lion. Here is the incredible story of the remarkable journey to take Christian back to the wild.

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"An entertaining and lighthearted portrait"—Publishers Weekly

“The layout is excellent, with both text and photos presented in an uncluttered, easy-to-follow format. This is ultimately a satisfying story about an extraordinary relationship. It will intrigue children raised on Owen and Mzee and Knut the polar bear.”—School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
Christian, the lion who was adopted from a London department store by the authors (and whose story has garnered worldwide attention via a popular YouTube video), narrates this scrapbook-style account, based on the authors' 1971 work, A Lion Called Christian. Captions and photographs (both in b&w and color) create an entertaining and lighthearted portrait of the lion, beginning with images of his “dad” and “mom” at England's Ilfracombe Zoo Park, followed by his life after being adopted by Bourke and Rendall (a section titled “Exploring!” shows Christian sheepishly chewing on a trash basket and rummaging through a drawer of clothes). When Christian finally ends up in Kenya, he declares, “My new home! Africa was very different. It was very hot and dry.” An endnote from Bourke and Rendall explains the circumstances of their moving reunion with Christian a year after leaving him in Kenya. Animal lovers in general as well as those already familiar with this true story should appreciate the intimate, visual presentation. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—The story the lion cub purchased from the exotic animals department at Harrods in 1969 has transitioned from YouTube phenomenon to middle grade chapter book (Delacorte, 2009) and now to picture book. While details fleshed out in the chapter book are glossed over and sometimes poorly explained here, this book succeeds because of the authors' decision, many years ago, to document their time with Christian so well. The lion's story, presented as a scrapbook, is full of original photographs of the cub growing up in a London flat and his eventual relocation to the Kenyan bush. Christian's slightly anthropomorphized narrative has a brief introduction and conclusion by Bourke and Rendall. Young readers may not grasp the absurdity of keeping a wild animal as a pet, nor the serendipitous circumstances that led to Christian's placement with George and Joy Adamson, but they will enjoy the photos of Christian riding around London in a convertible, playing hide-and-seek with a blanket, and meeting the pride of lions that he would eventually join. The layout is excellent, with both text and photos presented in an uncluttered, easy-to-follow format. This is ultimately a satisfying story about an extraordinary relationship. It will intrigue children raised on Owen and Mzee and Knut the polar bear.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805091823
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
07/21/2009
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
546,020
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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