Friday, June 17, 2016

REVIEW: Cecil's Pride: The True Story of a Lion King by Craig, Juliana & Isabella Hatkoff, with photographs by Brent Stapelkamp

**** (4) out of 5 stars!

I loved this book!  It is so bittersweet to read though.  It brought so many feelings of anger and sadness from the manner in which Cecil died.  But the story itself, minus that part, was very interesting, quite informative and ultimately very touching.  

I loved that Cecil and Jericho formed not only an unlikely working alliance, but apparently a true friendship.  It was especially poignant that Jericho disappeared right after Cecil was killed, apparently to go looking for his missing buddy.  And it was very touching that Jericho, unlike most male lions who take over a pride, accepted and nurtured Cecil's cubs, rather than killing them.  

The accompanying pictures were beautiful and awe inspiring.  

The only thing I don't like much about these books by the Hatkoffs is when they switch from third person narrative near the end of the book, to a kind of preachy soapbox stance in first person.

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