Ben Lerwill

Wild Lives

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‘Wild Lives’ is a wonderful book which celebrates fifty remarkable animals from around the world, telling their exceptional stories. Each is a powerful tale. many full of courage and love, and each is a joy to read. The range of animals whose stories form part of this collection is quite incredible, reminding the reader of just how extraordinary animals can be.

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The adventures of two special felines are recorded here- Bob, the street cat who became very famous, and Simon, a cat who made his home on a warship. Dogs also feature- Greyfriars Bobby and Sergeant Stubby stories are perhaps better known, but the reader can also find out about Pickles who discovered the World Cup after it had been stolen, earning the gratitude of the England team who won it four months later! Balto (a husky from Alaska) also earns a place in the book for being the lead dog in a team transporting essential medication through howling gales and blizzards which saved the lives of ill children.

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But it’s not just dogs and cats who are celebrated here. Huberta (a hippo), Sam (a koala), Lin Wang (an elephant) and Moko (a dolphin) are just a few of the other creatures represented. The book is organised into different categories- Rescue and Protect, Adventure and Explore, Change and Solve, Discover and Pioneer and Inspire and Influence- and offers a comprehensive glossary and index, making it easy to locate specific information or to simply enjoy browsing. There is also a map of the world, showing where each creature was born.

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Published in the same format as JAB favourite, ‘HerStory’, ‘Wild Lives’ is a beautifully produced book, full of lovely illustrations, but also including photographs, documents and quotes. It is a fascinating collection, perfect for inspiring young readers.

Wild Lives Ben Lerwill, illustrated by Sarah Walsh

Nosy Crow ISBN: 978-1788005098

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You can read our review of ‘HerStory’ here.