Rhino In The House: The Story of Saving Samia

From the award-winning author of the Library Mouse series comes a biographical picture book about the true story of rhino champion Anna Merz and the black rhinoceros Samia. This engaging story is perfect for animal lovers, animal rights enthusiasts, and fans of 'Me...Jane'. Written and illustrated by Daniel Kirk. Hardcover. 40 pages.

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When Anna Merz traveled to East Africa, she became appalled at the rampant poaching that took place there, specifically toward the black rhinoceros. Anna devoted her life to protecting the wildlife of the region, founding a reserve in Kenya called Lewa Downs to care for them. Anna kept a watchful eye on the animals, especially the rhinos. One day, Anna found a small black rhino calf, likely abandoned by its mother. So she nurtured the calf, named it Samia, fed it special formula, and even let it sleep in her bed.

Richly illustrated with pen, ink, and watercolors, Daniel Kirk’s first nonfiction picture book brings awareness to wildlife protection and fosters further understanding of animal rescue and welfare, positioned in a sensitive way that’s appropriate for young readers. Kirk traveled to Kenya tosee the reserve firsthand and his photographs grace the back matter, which includes an author’s note and bibliography.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to the Lewa Downs Conservancy.

Written and illustrated by Daniel Kirk. Hardcover. 40 pages. Published 2017.

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