The Lion Queens of India

Written & Photographed By: Jan Reynolds

For Ages: 4-8 years

Language: English

Topics Covered: Nature, Activism, Sustainability, India.

Summary: This book is really great, and I love that it’s all real photos inside! The book follows one ranger in particular, Rashila, as she goes about her day checking on lions in the Gir wildlife sanctuary. Rashila and her fellow rangers ensure that water is pumped by windmill into a trough, and that no lions have fallen into abandoned wells.

Rashila also tracks poachers, and does education in surrounding communities about living closely with lions so that everyone is safe and happy. The book discusses the importance of the Gir ecosystem and not disrupting the life cycles of the animals in the area. The story gives tips of how readers can help respect and live in harmony with nature. It gives a unique look into crucial conservation efforts and a wonderful look at a team of women working outdoors.

This book was kindly sent by Lee and Low and is a contender for the #bookstagang_bestof2020 but all opinions are my own.

Jan Reynolds

Author of 14 books for children including Vanishing Cultures Series, Parent’s Choice Award, CBC Notable Children’s Books in Social Studies, American Book Sellers “Pick of the List”

Author of 2 books for adults: Everest Grand Circle, Mountaineers Publishing, and Mother and Child, Inner Traditions Publishing

Member of expeditions to: China, Tibet, Nepal, New Zealand, Australia, Lapland, Amazon Basin, Canadian Arctic, Mongolia, Sahara. Held the women’s high altitude skiing record, sponsored by National Geographic.

One of America’s best known and articulate spoke’s person on mountaineering: appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today, National Public Radio, New York Times, Merv Griffen, Hour Magazine, three adventure films. 

Wildreness photographer/writer/lecturer for: National Geographic, Vogue, Esquire, New York Times, various ski and outdoor magazines, photo exhibit at New York’s Asia Society, and United Nations

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