Rhino in the House: The True Story of Saving Samia

By: Daniel Kirk

From the award-winning author of the bestselling Library Mouse series comes a biographical picture book about the true story of rhino champion Anna Merz and the black rhinoceros Samia. Map. Author’s note, with photographs. Bibliography and other sources. Full-color illustrations created with graphite pencil, with color added in Photoshop.

ISBN: 9781419723162

JLG Release: Jun 2017


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Anna Merz (1931–2013) , Black rhinoceros , Conservation , Kenya , Wildlife conservation

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Anna Merz, the founder of a rhinoceros sanctuary in Kenya, finds and raises a frail black rhino calf she names Samia. This straightforward description of a wild animal’s rescue stands out for the specificity of its setting, made clear to young readers with maps of the world and of Africa with all its countries. An inset pinpoints the location Anna Merz, the founder of a rhinoceros sanctuary in Kenya, finds and raises a frail black rhino calf she names Samia. This straightforward description of a wild animal’s rescue stands out for the specificity of its setting, made clear to young readers with maps of the world and of Africa with all its countries. An inset pinpoints the location of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Samia’s home. The digitally added color in Kirk’s illustrations, created with graphite pencil, is particularly effective on the endpaper scenes showing the rolling savanna of the sanctuary in daytime and twilight. The rhino looks almost cuddly at first in these softly rounded images; her growth is charted effectively over the course of the narrative. One striking spread depicts Samia, nearly full-grown but still thinking she could wander into the house at will, wedged in a doorway. At the beginning and end, Merz is seen reading to her rhino friend: “She found that reading to the little animal calmed her down.” In an afterword, the author/illustrator describes how his curiosity about Merz and Samia was raised by reading Merz’s obituary. Kirk’s research included a trip to the Lewa sanctuary. VERDICT A pleasant addition to storytimes about animal rescue and rehabilitation.—Kathleen Isaacs, Children’s Literature Specialist, Pasadena, MD

Book Details

ISBN

9781419723162

First Release

June 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

9 3/4" x 11"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

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Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Abrams

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Anna Merz (1931–2013), Black rhinoceros, Conservation, Kenya, Wildlife conservation,

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