Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Mystery of the Missing Lion by Alexander McCall Smith

I love Mr. Smith's Precious Ramotswe character.  I've read all the books in that adult series, so I had to check out his children's book to see how he writes about her then.

Knopf Doubleday Publishing and Net Galley allowed to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 21st, so you can grab a copy then.

In this book of his children's series, Mr. Smith has Precious visit her aunt.  While she's there, they have a group who are coming to film a documentary.  As she and a friend stand watching, they are soon invited to help with the set.  They even get to mimic bird noises to draw the tame lion's attention.

Precious is enjoying herself and everything is going well until the lion escapes.  She and her friend go to look for it and find a pride it has joined.  The man who owns the lion goes out to capture it again and almost gets hurt in the attempt.  Precious has a serious talk with him about the lion and captivity.  I like how the story ends and you will, too.

This is easy way to learn something about Africa.  It may lead your child to read more on the subject.  And Precious may make them look at things a bit more carefully, too.  What she observes helps her solve her mysteries.  Big or small, I like Precious Ramotswe.

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