I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Not only is it a great resource to learn about the pangolin, an endangered animal, but it also incorporates the reader into their story making it accessible for children to see their role in animal trafficking and it places the duty on us to keep them protected. Pangolina is written by environmentalist Jane Goodall and tells the story of a pangolin from birth to adulthood. Throughout the pangolin’s life, she becomes friends with other animals and learns about one of the most dangerous creatures in the forest, the humans. She is befriended by one human, a little girl whom she sees walking through the forest regularly. One day the pangolin is captured and put into a cage to be sold for her scales. The little girl sees her and fights to keep her alive. Because of the activism of the girl, she is taken to a pangolin sanctuary to live out the rest of her life happily. 

This story is told from the perspective of the pangolin and puts the reader in their position. I also like how it makes a point to show our role in their life. And, it states that when we are able to understand animals and know that they have feelings like us we can relate to them and understand why we are important to their survival.

Author: Jane Goodall

Illustrator: Daishu Ma

Publisher: Minedition

I was kindly given this book for my honest review but all opinions are my own.


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