Source: Diary of an Eccentric
Hardcover, 40 pgs.
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Cecil’s Pride: The True Story of a Lion King by Craig Hatkoff, Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, and photographs by Brent Stapelkamp, due to be published in April, is not about the great lion’s death but about his life as a pride leader and as an unconventional one at that. The photographs in this book are stunning, and as a reader, a hardcover edition of this one would be worth buying for the photographs alone.
The death of Cecil renewed calls for conservation and the protection of endangered species, and this book seeks to keep that momentum going, as Cecil left behind cubs and a pride that had no leader. In the lion world, when cubs are left behind after the death of the leader, they are usually killed off by the incoming leader. Luckily Cecil’s cubs did not meet this fate, but it will surprise readers to learn how that happened.
Brent Stapelkamp had been studying Cecil and his family since 2008, and what he learned was extraordinary. Rather than just learning how far these animals roam in search of food and in terms of territory, he learned other things about their behavior that are astonishing. These kinds of research projects can help us learn more about the interconnected world we live and see that animals have more than base instincts.
Cecil’s Pride: The True Story of a Lion King by Craig Hatkoff, Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, and photographs by Brent Stapelkamp may have pictures not suitable for really young audiences, but my young reader and I watch nature shows so she knows that some animals are predators and eat other animals. The pictures of the lions eating an elephant are definitely tamer than they could be, though, which was appreciated.