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The Lion Children Hardcover – 28 Sep 2001
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"A fascinating read, the book, also contains a marvellous set of colour photographs of the family and some of the lions they met." (Animal Antics)
"a different and delightful take on living in Africa." (Traveller Magazine, 1 April 2003) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The enchanting true story of three children who, with their mum, their elder sister and younger brother, up sticks from the Cotswolds to study lions in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, written by the children themselves.See all Product description
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This is a travel memoir, and an autobiography, and an exploration of how it feels to move to a new country to start a new life... but with a twist. This time it's written by the children! The three middle McNeice children, Angus, Travers and Maisie, wrote the book, with occasional contributions by their big sister Emily, their stepsister Philippa, and their endearing little brother Oakley (who is the definitive little monkey!).
The family moved to Botswana when Kate, their mother, developed a passion for evolutionary science. Where better to see it in action than in the African bush? There she met a lion researcher, Pieter, fell in love, and the whole family joined his research project. Taking it in turns to write a piece on each aspect of African life, the children cover everything from roller hockey in Maun and home schooling in camp, to getting lost in the wilderness and the perils of malaria. There are moving sections on trophy hunting and the threat of HIV in Africa, but likewise there are joyful pieces about unforgettable birthday celebrations and adventures with new friends.
These children come across as eloquent, intelligent and affectionate, and is evident how much they have learned from their experiences and how sincere they are in their wish to contribute to the lion conservation efforts in Botswana. I'll definitely be recommending their book to all and sundry, and keeping my copy firmly on my shelves - and if ever I need a guide through the African bush, there's no one I'd rather be out there with than these kids!
I am now two thirds of the way through reading "The Lion Children" to my daughter. "The Lion Children" was written by a family of children growing up in Botswana in Africa. It is mostly about their experiences living in the bush, helping to study lions. There is nothing else like it.
My daughter asks to hear more most nights. (She is only 5 so I have to simplify much of it, but this does not seem to matter). From our readings thus far, I would recomend that all children should read it. I look forward to finding out about what has happened to the Lion Children since the book, if that is possible. And to finding out more facts about the lions and the bush.
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