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with audio recording

Baby rhino played.
He tossed and turned,
squiggled and squirmed
in the cooling mud.
His mother,
huge head hung low,
grazed nearby
to protect her baby.

But shots ring out, and suddenly, baby rhino Jubela must face the world on his own. He roams the African plain until an old female rhino adopts him. Once again, Jubela can feel secure.
Based on a true story from Swaziland, Jubela is a heartwarming story of love and a stirring wake-up call to protect our wildlife.

Cristina Kessler has seen the plight of the African rhino firsthand: She has spent more than ten years in Africa as a writer and photographer. In addition to Africa, she has lived and traveled in Asia, Latin America, and Antarctica, visiting over ninety-two countries in total. Her previous books for children include One Night: A Story from the Desert and All the King's Animals, in which her photographs documented the return of wildlife to Swaziland. She currently lives in Mali with her husband, Joe.

Publishers Weekly, starred review Lyrical.

Library Talk, starred review Magnificent.

  • ASPCA Henry Bergh Awrd Hnr Bk
  • Children's Literature Choice List
  • ABA Pick of the Lists

More books from this illustrator: JoEllen McAllister Stammen