|Anna & Samia : the true story of saving a black rhino|
Author: Meisel, Paul
The story of conservationist Anna Merz and the baby rhino she adopted and raised.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.40
Points: .5 Quiz: 512233
Kirkus Reviews (09/01/19)
The Hornbook (00/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 10/01/2019 Imagine sharing your home with a 1,500-pound animal who barges into the bathroom at inopportune moments and tries to ride in a car despite not fitting. Samia, a black rhino, and Anna Merz, a wildlife advocate who helped establish Kenya’s Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, built a strong bond after Anna began caring for the orphaned Samia—up until she grew so large she got stuck in doorways. Carefully emphasizing that release into the wild was always the goal, Meisel’s true-life story has Anna repeating to the rhino—whose snorts and snuffs she learns to expertly distinguish—“One day . . . you’ll be able to live on your own. But not now.” Sure enough, that day comes, but the two continue their friendship. Meisel’s endearing illustrations of the human/animal relationship rely on curving smiles, kind glances, and a landscape of tawny grasses and green leaves where both Anna and Samia are clearly at home. The book also benefits from biographical back matter and information about the types of rhino species alive, yet endangered, today. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.