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Children's Nonfiction Women

The Lion Queen

Rasila Vadher, the First Woman Guardian of the Last Asiatic Lions

by (author) Rina Singh

illustrated by Tara Anand

Cameron Kids
Initial publish date
Oct 2023
Women, Endangered, Lions, Tigers, Leopards, etc.
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
    List Price

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Author Rina Singh and illustrator Tara Anand presenta true tale of big cats and even bigger courage in this picture book inspired by the personal story of the Lion Queen, Rasila Vadher, who was Gir Forest’s first female guard.

“Never look a lion in the eyes,” a mother tells her fearless girl. After a field trip to the Gir Forest, the girl learns all about the rare Asiatic lions of India, and from that day on, she dreams of taking care of them when she grows up. But not everyone thinks a girl has a right to such a dream, and so she stifles what she wishes for most, a roar growing inside her. That is, until the day she comes face-to-face with a lion.

This empowering and exciting picture book is inspired by the story of Rasila Vadher, who grew up to become the first woman guardian and real-life Lion Queen at India’s Gir Forest, the very place where she first fell in love with lions.

About the authors

Rina Singh has published several critically acclaimed books for children inspired by her Indian Canadian heritage, including Diwali Lights, Holi Colors and Diwali: A Festival of Lights, which was nominated for the Red Cedar Award. Rina’s own grandmother never got the chance to go to school. Grandmother School is dedicated to her memory. Rina lives in Toronto with her family.

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Editorial Reviews

"The poetic imagery of the text is paired with lush illustrations rich with metaphor. This story of a woman bold enough to run with lions, and break barriers in the process, will appeal to animal lovers and social crusaders."

School Library Journal

"[H]er determination and commitment are deeply moving. A stirring story of persistence and courage."


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