Summer of the Rhino

Julia Johnson

Date Published :
March 2016
Publisher :
Medina Publishing
Contributor(s) :
Bug Fawcett
Illustration :
Full colour illustrations throughout.
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781909339859
Pages : 72
Dimensions : 10.4 X 7.3 inches
Stock Status : Out of stock. Available in 6-8 weeks


As the moon rises over the African Savannah, a young girl called Thembile and her father, a wildlife ranger, are out patrolling through the night on horseback. They hear the heart-rendering cries of a terrified rhino calf, and find him shivering beside the mutilated body of his mother. Help is summoned, but who will care for this orphan, look after him and pay for his milk and medicines?

Far away in Dubai, hearing of the calf's plight, a school comes to the rescue and agrees to support the orphaned rhino until he is old enough to be released back into the wild. One pupil in particular is captivated by the baby rhino. George - who has recently arrived from England - is a boy with a boundless curiosity and a compassion beyond his years and, whenever he can, he watches the calf's progress on the CCTV set up by his school and Thembile's father. He is fascinated by the way the African girl and the rhino seem to bond as the weeks go by.

When, one afternoon, the young girl doesn't appear at her usual time, George is convinced that she is in danger. What can have happened to her? And is the orphaned rhino in danger too? George knows something is wrong but what can he do when he is thousands of miles away?

Ubuntu: Summer of the Rhino is brilliantly told and beautifully illustrated and will delight children from the age of eight years upwards. All royalties will be donated to the Rhino Rehabilitation Centre of Rhino Revolution, to help rescue and rehabilitate orphaned rhinos. Merely by buying this book you are making a difference - but do join the Revolution and help make the world a kinder place: visit rhinorevolution.org.

About The Author

Julia Johnson is a drama teacher turned children's author, storyteller and performer who first went to Dubai in 1975. She has appeared on stage, TV and radio in the UK and Dubai, has toured Theatre-In-Education productions to schools and recorded over 100 audio books. Julia's stories frequently focus on the history and culture of the Arabian Peninsular. She has written over a dozen stories for children including The Camel That Got Away. The Turtle Secret won Best International Children's Book Award at Sharjah International Book Fair 2014. She has toured schools and colleges across the Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia with talks and workshops. Commissions have included a story for Qatar's National Day 2009, an interactive student pack for the Kremlin exhibition gor the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) and a series of five short stories for Kraft (Middle East).

Born in Zimbabwe, Bug Fawcett was raised on a citrus, cattle & wildlife farm. She studied visual communication design at the Universoty of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and currently lives and works in Dubai as a designer and illustrator.

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