Zoologist Nicola Davies presents an illustrated novel for young readers that proves you don't need two arms to be strong.
Pedru has always wanted to be a great hunter like his father, but after a lion takes his arm, he worries that he'll always be the crippled boy instead. Pedru longs to kill the lion that mauled him and strengthens himself to be ready for the hunt. But when the opportunity arises, will Pedru have the strength to turn his back on revenge? Zoologist Nicola Davies perfectly merges a heart-pounding adventure with an important message about conservation, and Annabel Wright's gorgeous black-and-white illustrations bring Pedru's story to life.
Grades 3-5. Lions are a dangerous threat to the people of Pedru’s village. Coming home from a fishing trip, Pedru is attacked by a lion, and he loses an arm. As he gains strength in his subordinate hand, Pedru’s desire for revenge becomes stronger. Then when a villager is killed by a lion, Pedru accompanies his father to hunt him down. They mistakenly kill a lion wearing a collar, which leads Pedru to the local conservation research unit, where he finds himself at a crossroads he never imagined. Written in plain, simple language, zoologist Davies’ slim book carefully teaches without preaching, as Pedru learns to look at lions in a different way and to contemplate peaceful, workable solutions to perilous problems. It also conveys the message that strength comes from within. Wright’s black-and-white illustrations evocatively convey Pedru’s story. A brief discussion titled “Living with Lions” follows the story, highlighting the challenges of everyday life, conservation methods to combat extinction, and the Niassa Carnivore Project of Mozambique.