Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Story About Love.



If your kids liked Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick and Sophie Blackall, they will love Rhino in the House: The True Story of Saving Samia, a non-fiction picture book by Daniel Kirk, the author of the Library Mouse Series. 

Rhino in the House is the story of Anna Merz, founder of the Lewa Wildflife Conservancy, and Samia, the the baby rhino she rescued and raised to adulthood. Anna nursed Samia with a bottle and read to her at night and along the way Anna learned a great deal about rhino intelligence. She learned that Samia’s sounds had specific meanings like “what’s that?” and “where are you?”. Your kids will laugh at the adventures Anna and Samia shared together while Samia was growing up. They will probably wish they had their own rhino in the house. Here is a trailer from the publisher:



The author’s note in the back matter has more information on Anna and Samia as well as photographs of the real woman and rhino. It also shares information about the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the plight of the rhinos in Africa.


Many characters in books stay with us long after the back cover is closed, but true stories remind us that people and animals are capable of amazing feats. They inspire us to imagine the potential inside ourselves to accomplish great things for the animals and people we love.