In the beginning, all the animals lived as friends. Their king, the leopard, was strong but gentle and wise. Only Dog had sharp teeth and lived as an outsider, until he attacks the leopard and takes over as king. After visiting the blacksmith's forge and knocking on Thunder's door, the angry leopard returns to regain his throne by the menace of 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 evokes themes of liberation and justice. Glowing with vibrant color, Mary GrandPré's expressive and action-filled paintings bring this unforgettable tale to dramatic life.
by Chinua Achebe, Mary GrandPre