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The World's Greatest Lion - Ralph Helfer, Ted Lewin The watercolor paintings were really remarkable. The transparent tan colors used as the background for each page (see the end-page notes) were perfect for putting me in that 'tawny' veldt that matches the lion's fur, and also happens to be a main color of the hills in California where he landed later in the book.

This was an interesting biography because it's a famous figure you might wonder about after seeing many MGM movies, and there are some very nice story elements about being displaced, finding a new home, experiencing loss and danger, but also surprising understanding where you wonder if there is any.

Also part of the 'small slice' tradition of biography--this is based on small episodes from a much larger memoir-style book.