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The Lion Children

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
The five McNeice children lived a conventional life in the Cotstwolds until, in l995, their mother Kate, a biologist, seized the opportunity to go and study lions in Botswana. Travers, Emily and Angus, the three middle children, take it in turns to recount their adventures in the Okavango Delta, one of the most beautiful wildernesses on earth, where they must quickly learn ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 17th 2002 by Orion Childrens (first published 2001)
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When I was about 10 years old this book fascinated me and I read it multiple times. I decided to read it again as an adult and the experience was no less fantastic. This truly is a wonderful book and Richard Dawkins hits the nail on the head in his mini-introduction when he tells the reader that Travers, Angus and Maisie are children who haven't lost their sense of wonder. This is such a candid and unstudied account of what it is like to leave a comfortable life in the English countryside and mo ...more
Mar 14, 2008 Nancy rated it really liked it
A great memoir written from the perspective of 3 young people who spent 2 years in the Okivango Delta in Botswana with their mother monitering the lions there.
Matthew Barnes
Aug 18, 2016 Matthew Barnes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! You can really learn a lot from those kids!
Jul 31, 2016 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's one of those books that I want to recommend to everyone. Fascinating, beautiful, heartwarming story about three brave kids, their family and lions (and not just lions).
Nov 18, 2014 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventurous Moms and their kids
The ultimate "home school" mother and her exceptional children. Through the voices of the children, the audience experiences what it means to grow up in the wild. Lovely photography throughout.

Sadly, my only experience with lions is via zoos. I did get an opportunity to stand close to an enclosure a few years back with a male lion right up to the glass calmly looking at the audience. Up to that point, I'd had no idea how large a male lion is in comparison to myself. This was no little kitty. I d
Cindy Dyson Eitelman
May 24, 2016 Cindy Dyson Eitelman rated it really liked it
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Three clever children write about their lives in Botswana among the lions. With pictures.

Best thing I like about it is, they don't have a hidden agenda. Other than lions--lions are cool. And southern Africa is full of amazing creatures we need to preserve at all costs. But other than that, they're just telling it like it is without a lot of moralizing. They're just kids having adventures, good and bad, but always great.

The family story is pretty beautiful, too. The one thing I never exactly unde
Helen and Daisy Harris
Jun 13, 2013 Helen and Daisy Harris rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves lions
Recommended to Helen and Daisy by: mum
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This book gives us a brilliant insight into many things: lions, growing up, disease, Africa, family, equality, and, most importantly, change.
Beautifully written, it describes the trials and triumphs of moving from one life to a very unique and different other one. With passages of writing not just from the three main children, Angus, Travers and Maisie, but from other important characters, too, such as their little half-brother, Oakley, and their step-sister, Philippa.
But the saddest thing for
Jun 14, 2016 Fi rated it liked it
I was reading about Ian McNeice when I stumbled upon a reference to his children and Africa, so I tracked down the book. It was written by children, and perhaps aimed at other children. But it seemed rude not to read the whole thing. All the way through, I see-sawed between awe at the experiences they had, and disbelief at their irresponsible mother for giving them those experiences.
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