ABANDONED! A Lion Called KikiRainbow Street Shelter (Volume 4)
Wendy Orr; illustrations by Patricia Castelao
Mona's uncle Matthew works in a circus, and he always gives pretty great birthday presents. But when Mona turns eight, he gives her something better than juggling balls or stilts—a baby lion cub! His note says that the cub's mother couldn't care for it properly, and he knows Mona and her grandparents can help.
Mona names the lion Kiki, and at first Kiki is like any other kitten. As she grows bigger and bigger, though, Mona realizes that Kiki needs a home which will allow her to be the wild animal she was born to be.
Fans of the Rainbow Street Shelter books will love reading about how the shelter started and how its owner, Mona, has always loved animals—starting with an adorable baby lion.
Praise for ABANDONED! A Lion Called Kiki
“The storytelling is crisp and clean, and the focus is squarely on the child-animal relationships, with a bit of family dynamics worked in.” —BCCB on Lost! A Dog Called Bear
“The book is well designed for readers moving up to chapter books, with its short sentences, wellspaced lines of type, and attractive illustrations.” —Booklist on Lost! A Dog Called Bear
“The tale of Logan's efforts to locate his lost dog rings completely true. . . . The believable plot and inherent suspense will keep readers turning the pages of this fine addition to early chapter books, which will resonate with both pet lovers and children involved in divorces.” —Kirkus Reviews on Lost! A Dog Called Bear
“This is a pleasant book for children who are beginning to read chapter books independently. The story incorporates the importance of the responsibility of taking gentle and consistent care of pets. It would also be a good book to read aloud to young children.” —Children's Literature on Abandoned! A Lion Called Kiki
“This early chapter book with plenty of heart and a bit of suspense will appeal to young pet lovers.” —Kirkus Reviews on Missing! A Cat Called Buster
“An adorable story about the true friendship of pets and their owners.” —Children's Literature on Missing! A Cat Called Buster