|Lion queens of India|
Author: Reynolds, Jan
An introduction to the Asiatic lion and the "lion queens," or female forest rangers, of the Gir wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat, India.
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Kirkus Reviews (04/15/20)
School Library Journal (06/01/20)
The Hornbook (00/01/21)
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Booklist - 05/15/2020 What is most apparent in this excellent narrative nonfiction book is the author’s warm admiration for Rashila Vadher, the Forest Guard, and the lions themselves. By the end of the book, readers will feel like they have made a new friend and learned a great deal about lions, the environment in which they live, and the connections between all living things. Rashila earned her nickname—Lion Queen—when she became the first female forest guard in India, where she works in the Gir Forest. Rashila and the other Lion Queens patrol the forest every day, tracking lions, watching for poachers, and rescuing and treating injured animals. Photographs of the lions, the people who coexist near the forest, and the landscape bring this important story home so readers can clearly see how they are all connected. The importance of the women’s work is highlighted consistently, especially in the back matter. A book like this can inspire inquiry projects in classrooms or simply be enjoyed for its content. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/01/2020 Gr 1–3—The Gir National Park in Gujarat, India, is a sanctuary for the last remaining Asiatic lions in the world. Once nearly extinct, they now number close to 600 and are part of the natural cycle of life in the well-guarded reserve. An all-women group of park rangers, known as the "Lion Queens," protect the big cats from poachers, rescue them after accidents, and ensure their well-being. Rashila Vadher, the first woman to be appointed a park ranger at the sanctuary, describes working with the lions. Vadher and her fellow rangers also work closely with local villagers to offer education on the coexistence of lions and townspeople. Simple language and many photographs provide a clear picture of life among lions, although little is said of the dangers posed by poachers. The success of the sanctuary also presents additional problems as the lions outnumber the space provided. Vadher and her colleagues are working to acquire additional parkland to protect future generations of these magnificent animals. VERDICT A rare, positive look at saving a species from extinction aimed at younger readers. A useful resource for young children interested in big cats and suitable for classroom units.—Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling Sch., Pawling, NY - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.