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Christian the Lion Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 10, 2009
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Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6–Christian the lion lived in London with two antique dealers until they decided he needed to be trained to survive in the wild and live out a happier life in Africa. Bourke and Rendall tell this strange tale of buying the lion cub in a department store, giving him the run of their home and store, and introducing him to their life in the thick of the city. They describe where he liked to sit, what he liked to do, and how he reacted to new situations. All of the circumstances pile up on one another, making for a slow-paced narrative. The story is based on the authors' experiences, but, according to the CIP, the names of people, places, dates, the sequences and details of events, and the actions and conversations of real-life figures have been changed. So it is difficult to know what is true and what is not other than their love for this gentle lion and their understandable unhappiness about their preparations for his eventual departure. Some of the photos seen on YouTube are grouped with other black-and-white and color shots in the center of the book. Back matter contains tidbits about Christian, lions in general, and various famous animals. This is not an essential purchase.–Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA
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About the Author
Anthony “Ace” Bourke was born in Sydney in 1946. He has become one of Australia’s leading art curators, a pioneer in the field of Aboriginal art, and a colonial art specialist, staging numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions. Ace hopes to immerse himself again in wildlife and conservation projects, to help address the world’s urgent environmental issues. He lives in Sydney with his two cats.
John Rendall is a sixth-generation Australian and divides his time between London and Sydney. He continues his commitment to the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust and is a member of the Royal Geographical Society in London. He has been involved in travel-focused public relations, concentrating on conservation projects, lodges, and reserves in Africa. John’s three children share his passion for wildlife and conservation.
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I purchased the original book about Christian as well as this picture book. We all love it! Sure, it is written for children. But I guessed (correctly) that it would be a lovely photo essay about Christian, and it is.
I have often been impressed at just how much information is in children's books. Because the authors have limited space, they tend to zero in on the most important points. And if you read a good children's book about virtually any non-fiction topic, you will come away knowing more about the subject than most adults do.
This book cuts right to the heart of the matter. We see Christian's life and, given the context, we see it in the pictures that we were hoping to see. Sure, I'll also read the adult book. But this kids' book became an instant hit in my household.
And about that part about "Africa is a country" that other reviewers complained about? There's a reason their comments were found unhelpful. My eyes blooped right past that error when I read the book. So did my daughters'. We all KNOW that Africa is a continent. It's a great book despite this one unfortunate and obvious error.
I also recommend the book for grown-ups, A Lion Called Christian, for parents to read so they know the whole story, along with this book they can read to their children. There are some unfortunate circumstances with Katania and Boy addressed in the video and I assume the grown-up book (which I have just started) since they are addressed in the video, that are not addressed in the children's book, which is good. I read this book in one short evening to make sure it was suitable for younger children. It is. And there are actual photographs of Christian, Ace and John!
This is an absolutely lovely story, and Ace (Anthony) Bourke and John Rendall have done an excellent job with this book, including the facts section at the end of the book with information about Kenya and its wildlife.
I recommend it very highly.
but remembered his original owner and reunited for the last time. Happy, sad, heart-felt emotions, but owner realized it was best for his lion to be back with his own species. Loved this book!
makes me feel good.