About the Book
The thoroughly moving books in the Born Free series tell the stories of wild animals around the world that have been saved from a lifetime of cruelty and suffering.
The Born Free Foundation's mission is to protect many different species in their natural habitats, working with local communities to make sure that people and wildlife can live together peacefully. In Chimp Rescue, children will meet Chinoise, a young, orphaned chimpanzee who lived in a steel cage in a noisy restaurant until the Born Free Foundation stepped in to save her. Parents will be intrigued by these books as they recall Born Free, the movie that inspired a generation. In it, they learned the story of Elsa, an orphaned lion cub that was brought up by Joy and George Adamson (portrayed by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna in the movie and the founders of the Born Free Foundation) and released back into the wild. Children will be inspired as they read how the Born Free Foundation comes to the rescue, saving suffering animals and giving them their well-deserved happy endings. Both parents and children will find the stories in these books wonderful conversation starters about life, compassion, taking a stand for what you believe in, and making the world a better place.
My Take on the Book
Virginia McKenna has written a series of true stories about wild animals who have been abused by humans but then rescued through her Born Free Foundation.
In this particular book a very young chimpanzee, Chinoise, was taken from her mother and abused by her captors. She was not given enough water and food.She was kept in a steel cage and often people would poke her with sticks. She was in a noisy environment with very bright lights. Her captors would take her out of her cage so tourists could take photos with the baby chimpanzee.
Thanks to Virginia McKenna and others, Chinoise was rescued and placed in an open environment where she could heal and live with other rescued chimpanzees.
We often do not think of animals that are in our world who are mistreated. Some are fortunate enough to become rescued and veterinarians give them the medicines or surgeries they need to live a good life once again.
I feel Virginia's true life stories are worth reading to your children or encouraging your children to read them independently.
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