When Cecil the lion was killed in 2015, the news made international headlines. In Cecil’s Pride: The True Story of a Lion King, young readers learn more about Cecil and his extraordinary life before his death.
When Cecil was challenged by another male lion, and forced to abandon his territory, Cecil unexpectedly paired up with another male lion. Male lions are fiercely protective of their prides and typically do not pair up, so this was highly unusual. Cecil and Jericho, however, were stronger together. When Cecil was tragically killed by hunters, Cecil’s pride (especially the cubs) were in danger. Amazingly, Jericho spared the cubs and adopted them into his own pride.
Young animal lovers (and budding conservationists) will pore over the quality photographs and enjoy the narrative of this unlikely friendship. The author team is a father and his two daughters, and they’ve produced many photo biographies of true animal friendships. Check out this one or another one by the Hatkoff’s.