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The Lion Who Stole My Arm    by Nicola Davies & Annabel Wright order for
Lion Who Stole My Arm
by Nicola Davies
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Jessica Maguire

Pedru likes to fish with his friends, climb trees, and hopes to become a great hunter like his father. But life in his village in Africa is not always so easy. Pedru, like everyone else, must be wary of the big cats, lions.

Returning home from a not so productive fishing trip with his friends, Pedru stays behind to check traps he has set to see what he can bring home to his family for supper. Alone at dusk, Pedru almost becomes supper himself, a supper for a hungry lion.

The boy is lucky to survive, but Pedru does not think so. The lion has taken his arm and without his arm, how is he to hunt, fish, or even climb trees? He vows to seek revenge on the beast that stole his arm.

In the process of seeking revenge, Pedru realizes that 'a dead lion cannot give me back my arm. A dead lion can give nothing back. But a living lion ...', well, a living lion has much more to offer. Pedru's crusade to kill soon becomes a crusade to save.

Award winning author and zoologist Nicola Davies brings readers a very real account of the dangers of living with lions and the need for wildlife conservation in this fictional tale. Aimed at readers about age eight and up, the story is written in easy to read language and includes helpful footnotes, mostly detailing the fauna of Africa. Annabel Wright illustrates this chapter book with lovely drawings. A thoughtful epilogue details the plight of the lions of Africa and conservation efforts.

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