Eli, the once proud lion, has lost much of his ferociousness due to his old age. In fact, he no longer dines with the rest of his pride but must make do with the left overs that the vultures eat. He hates having to even associate with them.
One day he saves Vera, a vulture, from a jackal attack, and the rest of the flock want to adopt him as one of their own. Eli will have nothing to do with that. But might the vultures be able to help when some hunters arrive?
Bill Peet's books are filled with charming characters and great illustrations, and this book is no exception. The plot is a little close to one of his other books, but that doesn't keep it from being very charming. The moral, that everyone has value, is certainly wonderful.
This is a book to treasure. If you've got young kids in your life, you will enjoy reading it to them.