Author(s): Ralph Helfer

Biography, Memoir & Autobiography

When a celebrated animal trainer takes a four-month-old African lion cub into his home, they care for each other, learn from each other, and change each other's lives, indelibly. This story is about the animal that started Ralph Helfer's illustrious career as Hollywood's top animal trainer for more than 30 years.


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Short-listed for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award (Young Adult) 2008.

"Extraordinary ... Beautifully expresses a simple philosophy so many have trouble following: respect for all living creatures, given and returned." -- Kirkus Reviews

Ralph Helfer is a well-known Hollywood animal trainer who was one of the first to use affection and kindness to train wild animals. He is the author of THE BEAUTY OF THE BEASTS and MODOC, and he lives in Los Angeles and Kenya, where he leads safari tours.

General Fields

  • : 9780060761332
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • : HarperCollins
  • : September 2006
  • : 205mm X 135mm X 18mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ralph Helfer
  • : Paperback
  • : 599.7570929
  • : 288
  • : Black and white photographs