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The Mystery of the Missing Lion: A Precious Ramotswe Mystery for Young Readers Paperback – October 21, 2014

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"Precious’ keen sense of right and wrong will inspire readers; her powers of observation may inspire budding detectives. . . . The straightforward plot, easy vocabulary and compelling setting make this a perfect step up from early chapter books. That McCall Smith brings a great sense of fun to his prose heightens the appeal."
     --Kirkus Reviews

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“A sweet detective story, this book will introduce readers to a part of the world they might know little about.”­
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“Good for kids who like mysteries and stories about other cultures and friendship all packed into one.”
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About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and lives in Scotland, where in his spare time he is a bassoonist in the RTO (Really Terrible Orchestra).
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (October 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804173273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804173278
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this series, but McCall Smith seems to be coasting with this one. The prose is lengthier and less kid - friendly than the other titles, needing an beginning chapter book editor. The plot is much less probable than The Great Cake Mystery; both the wild and the tame animal behavior portrayed seems wrong. Personally I felt it was too TWEE of a rap up. This series is too important (beginning chapter books with a female person of color, from a part of the world often ignored, held up as smart and scientific in her thinking) to coast through.

All that said, this series continues to be a thorough delight -- here we're on safari in Africa with Precious aiding a flim crew on finding a missing trained lion!
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The book was sitting in the new release section in the kids area of the library so I grabbed it. The Mystery of the Missing Lion: A Precious Ramotswe Mystery for Young Readers(3) by Alexander McCall Smith sounded like a good book that I would enjoy reading with my son. I love the other books by the author so I knew that I would love the writing. His childrens books are just as entertaining as the adult books and perfectly on track with other kids chapter books.

Young Precious gets a very special treat. She gets a trip to visit her Aunty Bee at a safari camp. While there she makes a new friend, a boy named Khumo, and meets an actor-lion named Teddy, who is starring in a film. When Teddy disappears, Khumo and Precious will brave hippos and crocodiles as they search for the missing lion.

This is a great story about how Precious uses her detective skills to help the adults realize what they are doing wrong. It is a great story with the tilt towards what kids want to hear! I read it with my son and we both enjoyed the book and reading it together. The books pictures, although only in red, gray and black, were very vivid and reminded me of African artwork instead of graphics in a normal book. My son told me that we didn't have to read the educational part after the book because he didn't ever plan on going to Africa so he didn't need to know about it. I told him that we learn to read about things and we don't have to go there to appreciate the information about the country. He agreed but I think he just wanted to make sure that we didn't have to read it again to make sure he remembered all of the details.
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I have loved Alexander McCall Smith's Ramotswe series for decades and was very interested to see what he would do with a children's book. I would not say that they are as good as the adult stories but I can imagine that children will be quite taken with them and introduced to a totally different part of the world, a place Mr. Smith clearly loves.
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This is a beautiful story suitable for both children and adults - or for them to read together. It also gives some lovely background on the childhood days of some of McCalls characters who appear as adults in his other novels. Delightful!!
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In Botswana, Africa there was once a young girl, Precious Ramotswe, who grew up to become a famous detective when she founded The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Even as a youngster still at school, long before she became famous as The No. 1 Lady detective in Africa, Precious had already made up her mind that someday, she would be a detective. In her first two cases "Precious and the Monkeys" and "Precious and the Mystery of Meercat Hill", Precious, with her natural curiosity and readiness to ask questions, had already shown promising signs that, even at her age, she had the aptitude for solving mysteries, the potential to be a detective someday. That Precious has the makings of a future detective is again seen in the story of her third case "Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion" in which Alexander McCall Smith tells us more of how the young Precious Ramotswe started on her life as a detective. The tale begins with Precious on a holiday trip staying with her Aunty Bee at Eagle Island safari camp in the Okavango Delta. While there, she makes a new friend, a boy named Khumo. Also there is Teddy, a gentle lion, tamed and trained - but longing to roam free in his natural habitat. When Teddy the lion goes missing from the camp, Precious and her new found friend Khumo have to use all their skills and resourcefulness as their search for Teddy takes them deep into the jungle - jungle full of danger from hippos and crocs.

An engaging story for young readers. Running through the story, the theme Born to be Free, freedom of wildlife to roam as free as the wind in their natural habitat rather than raised in captivity, tamed and trained to live in restrictive man-made environments such as a circus.
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Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion is the third book in the Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case series by popular British author, Alexander McCall Smith. School holidays see Precious travelling to the Okavango Delta to stay with her generous and interesting Aunty Bee at the safari camp. There is excitement at the camp as a film crew is making a movie. Precious meets a new friend, Khumo, and they soon find themselves more than spectators. Precious uses her quick thinking and her detective skills to solve several problems and even save a man’s life. As usual, this volume includes some educational content and is filled with charming illustrations by Iain McIntosh. This is a delightful read for young and old alike.
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