Christian the Lion (Henry Holt Edition)

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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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Overview

“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: 7/21/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 259,831
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony (Ace) Bourke is one of Australia’s leading art curators and an Aboriginal art specialist. Passionate about critical environmental issues, Ace hopes to tackle more wildlife and conservation projects. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his two cats.

John Rendall is a member of the Royal Geographic Society and a trustee of the George Adamson Trust. He has traveled to Africa to work on conservation projects, lodges, and reserves. He has three children, who are also interested in wildlife and conservation. John divides his time between London, England, and Sydney, Australia.

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  • Posted April 16, 2009

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    Reviewed by Lauren Ashley for TeensReadToo.com

    Christian the Lion became a hit on YouTube recently, but he was really owned by the authors in the late 60's and early 70's.

    They found the small cub at Harrod's in England and took him home with them, but as Christian began to grow, they realized he couldn't continue to live with him. With a newfound friend named George, the two friends made plans for Christian to be brought to Kenya and eventually let out in the wild.

    Once he did, he was gone for a year before Anthony "Ace" and John ever saw him again. George warned that he might not recognize them anymore, but surprisingly, he did! He even introduced them to his wife, as if they were old friends.

    This book is perfect for young children, as it allows them to learn about lions in a fun and unique way, with pictures to make it even more exciting! At the back of the novel, they have facts about lions, as well as other African animals. It's very much a small educational novel.

    However, CHRISTIAN THE LION is simply a fun book about a very well-known lion who defied the odds when it came to his relationship with these two human men. It's a short book that people of all ages can enjoy if they want to learn more about Christian, Ace, and John. It's a very easy read, with all of the basic information you need to know.

    If you want to learn more, the men have an adult title, A LION CALLED CHRISTIAN, on the subject as well.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2009

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    Fantastic Book for Children

    My grandchildren absolutely loved the book, and so did I. This is a very touching story!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

    Very Touching

    Great book for kids and adults alike. Very touching story with a realistic presentation and outcome.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Vver Very touching

    This book really touched my heart

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Loved it!!

    I absolutly loved this book partly because it was about saving and setting a lion free and it was very touching and a heart warming story. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    I think it gets children to learn

    I think it gets children to lean

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Amazing book for children

    I love it

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    Cute

    I love this book I couldn't put it down

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    i love this book

    this book was the best book i ever read!

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    i love the story about Christan The Lion.

    this story has touched my heart since the first time i heard about it!

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