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The World's Greatest Lion by Ralph Helfer

The World's Greatest Lion (edition 2012)

by Ralph Helfer, Ted Lewin (Illustrator)

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Title:The World's Greatest Lion
Authors:Ralph Helfer
Other authors:Ted Lewin (Illustrator)
Info:Philomel (2012), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Lower Elementary Levels, Your library
Tags:Picture Book- Animals

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The World's Greatest Lion by Ralph Helfer



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Adapted from the adult book: Zamba: the true story of the greatest lion that ever lived.
  SaintNicholasACK | Jan 5, 2015 |
I was drawn in to this book by Ted Lewin's as-always awesome watercolors, but also by the unique story. The writing is a little workmanlike but it is clear and straightforward. I knew as adult reader that the lion's back story had to have been constructed (rather than absolutely factual reporting) and from general knowledge about the entertainment industry that the story takes place sometime in the past, but a child will not. There is a note that the book is based on the author's adult book Zamba: The True Story of the Greatest Lion that Ever Lived, but there isn't an author's note or back matter to provide more context or a timeline. (It's also unclear that the lion's new home is in the United States, it's unclear that the way the lion was raised, with humans, however unlikely, is the truth.) Still, the rescue story is powerful. ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
A beautifully illustrated, dramatic and engaging story. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 039925417X, Hardcover)

From the creators of The World's Greatest Elephant comes the real-life story of the MGM Studios Lion.

Perhaps the most recognizable Hollywood animal--outside of Lassie--is "Leo the Lion," MGM Studios' famous mascot. For decades his image introduced hundreds of motion pictures, and Zamba the lion acted in dozens more. But he wasn't always a Hollywood star, and he certainly proved to be much more.

This real-life story of Zamba, told by world-renowned animal behaviorist Ralph Helfer and Caldecott Honor recipient Ted Lewin, follows the famous lion from an orphaned cub in Africa to iconic Hollywood actor. But Zamba's greatest role wasn't scripted and it certainly wasn't captured on film. In 1969, the canyon that housed Ralph Helfer's animal ranch was ravaged by floods. As death claimed many of the animals, dozens were led to safety by one heroic lion.

Zamba's story, beautifully told and illustrated, is one that will entertain and inspire--both cubs and lions.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:03:29 -0400)

Follows the famous lion's life from Africa to the United States and recounts the events of the 1969 flood in which Zamba led the other animals to safety.

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