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Last: The Story of a White Rhino

£7.99 (paperback)

UK only


Nominated for the Yoto Kate Greenaway Medal 2022

Nominated for the 2022 CILIP Carnegie & Greenaway Medals

Part of the 2022 Read For Empathy Collection


Based on a true story, Last is a deeply moving picture book about wildlife conservation from renowned author Nicola Davies. This is her exciting debut as an illustrator.

A rhinoceros is captured by poachers and put in a zoo in the middle of a grey city, where all he can do is pace back and forth. He misses his home in the wild in Sudan, his mother, and the smell of earth and rain. He fears he may be the very last of his kind. Then one day, he is rescued and released back into the wild, to live free with the other rhinos.

Hope in a Scary World bundle


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Last: The Story of a White Rhino, Bloom, There’s Room for Everyone and Felix After the Rain (paperbacks), Unlocked (hardback)


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Meet the author and illustrator

Nicola Davies is an award-winning author of over fifty books. She originally trained as a zoologist, studying animals in the field for many years. Nicola's books have been published in more than ten different languages and have won major awards in the UK, US, France, Italy and Germany. Last (2020, Tiny Owl) is her debut as an illustrator.

From the moment she could walk, Nicola has been fascinated by animals. She got her first pair of binoculars for her eighth birthday and remembers spotting a male blackbird through them! Nicola was one of the original presenters of the BBC children's wildlife programme The Really Wild Show. She lives in Powys, Wales.

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What I Read

Last highlights our need to do something to help the planet


The Guardian

The book is delicately balanced between sorrow and hope [...] inspiring the reader to fight for nature against all odds


Dolphin Booksellers

 Last is an important book about conservation and caring for nature [...] A book to buy right away!

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