From Publishers Weekly
In this beautifully photographed companion book to the upcoming Disneynature film, naturalists Barrett and Scholey share their experience of studying a cheetah, her six cubs, and a pride of 19 lions in the Masai Mara National Reserve. The authors gracefully chronicle the animals' social and familial dynamics, as well as their struggles for survival in a sometimes ruthless environment. Centering on the "stars" of the film—an injured lioness with a six-month-old cub, and the mother cheetah—Barrett and Scholey lightly anthropomorphize their behaviors to construct a relatable narrative (as a result of her mother's injury, the lion cub wears "a habitually anxious expression"). The awesome power and inscrutability of the big cats is captivating. All ages. (Mar.)
About the Author
Keith Scholey began his career in television and film working as a researcher for the BBC Natural History Unit, where he then became a producer of the "Natural World" and "Wildlife on One" series as well as special series including the award-winning The Private Life of Plants
. In 2002, Scholey was appointed Controller of Specialist Factual, responsible for BBC Natural History, Science, History, Arts, Business and Religious in-house productions. Natural History productions made during this time included Springwatch
, David Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth
and Planet Earth
. In 2006, Scholey was named the Controller of Factual Production, and he is currently responsible for all in-house Factual television production across England in the BBC. He is also the Deputy Chief Creative Officer for Vision Productions. Awards for productions he has been responsible for include Emmies, Baftas, RTS's, Wildscreen pandas and Jackson Hole Awards.
Growing up with an interest in environmental politics and conservation, Amanda joined the BBC's Natural History Unit where she became an assistant producer on Owen Newman's Arctic fox film for the BBC's recurring series, "The Natural World." Since then, Barrett and Newman have made numerous films together in diverse countries such as Australia, Brazil, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia. Barrett has written articles for BBC Wildlife and been a principal contributor to several successful books to accompany BBC series such as "Wild Africa" and "Nature's Great Events." In 2002, the script she wrote for Cats under Serengeti Stars won "Best Script" at the Wildlife International Film Festival.