How the Leopard Got His Claws (Paperback)

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How the Leopard Got His Claws (Paperback)

By Chinua Achebe, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)


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“In this powerful illustrated fable for older picture book readers, Achebe, the celebrated Nigerian writer, offers a parable about how power corrupts.” — The New York Times Book Review

In the beginning, all the animals lived as friends. Their leopard king was strong but gentle and wise. Only Dog had sharp teeth and lived as an outsider before attacking the leopard and taking over as king — until the angry leopard returned to regain his throne by force with his own threatening new claws. In a riveting fable for young readers about the potency and dangers of power taken by force, Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart, evokes his frequent themes of liberation and justice. Glowing with vibrant color, Mary GrandPré’s expressive and action-filled paintings bring the unforgettable tale to dramatic life.
Product Details ISBN: 9781536209495
ISBN-10: 153620949X
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2019
Pages: 40
Language: English
Whether read as a fable with African roots or as an allegory, this is a handsome treatment of a memorable tale.
—Kirkus Reviews