Last: The Story of a White Rhino
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
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. www.nicola-davies.com
Read more about Last:
- Watch: Learn about activism on Earth Day!
- Watch: Picture books to talk to children about extinction!
- Read more: Last is Nominated for the Yoto Kate Greenaway Medal 2022!
- Yay! Last is Part of the 2022 Read For Empathy Collection!
- Watch: Chatting to a Rhino Charity on Endangered Species Day!
- Woohoo! Last nominated for the 2022 CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals!
- Download: A free Last poster!
- Take Part in Empathy Lab’s Super Power Challenge!
- Downloadable Empathy Resources for Teachers & Families!
- Read a review: The illustrations are absolutely breathtaking! – Inclusive Children’s Books
- Read a review: Last is a Book Full Of Thought and Care! – Lecturer Mathew Tobin
- Hurrah! Last is featured in the Guardian’s round-up of the best new children’s books!
- Hooray! Last is longlisted for the Nature Generation’s Green Earth Book Award 2021!
- Yippee! BookTrust features Last in its 2020 round-up of best books!
- Last shortlisted for the Hampshire Illustrated Book Award!
- Watch: A Last Read Along!
- Watch: 10-year-old Esther animates Nicola Davies’s Last!
- Read a review: Last is featured in JUNO magazine!
- Download: Discover fun Last colouring activities!
- Read a review: Truly an OUTSTANDING book! – Instagram Reviewer
- Read a review: Our theme was to heal the Rhinos and save them! – Instagram Reviewer
- Watch: Nicola Davies answers your burning questions about Last!
- Read a review: Last introduces young audiences to the idea of extinction – The Tiny Activist
- Watch: Virtual launch of Last with Helping Rhinos!
- Read a review: Last should be on the shelves in every school, library and home! – A Word about Books
- Read a review: Last reminds us that we all have a responsibility towards nature – SLG Talking Books
- Read a review: I hope Last will move others to be part of change – Jill Bennett
- Watch: Nicola Davies introduces her illustrative debut ahead of launch!
- Download: Discover Last teacher resources!
- Download: Discover our FREE Last activity pack!
- Last is an important book about conservation – Kirkus Reviews
- Last reminds us that we all have a responsibility towards nature – CILIP School Libraries Group
- Last is Nicola Davies’s debut as an illustrator! – School Library Journal
- Read more: Discover wonderful Last activity ideas from LoveMyBooksUK!
- Nicola Davies’s strong powerful images help guide young readers – Mathew Tobin
- Last highlights our need to do something to help the planet – What I Read
- Read more: ‘We are all little grains of sand, and together we can make an ocean’ – Nicola Davies
- Last is a book for our world today – A Library Lady
- Last is a book to buy right away! – Dolphin Booksellers
- Nicola Davies always shows us the light! – Edspire
- Read a blog: Why Last should be your next read!
- Watch: Last trailer
- Last encourages readers to see the world change for the better – Scope for Imagination
- Last offers us a chance to save animals from extinction – Bookish Way to Play
- I hope Last will move others to be part of change – Red Reading Hub
- Five star review of Last from The Library Mouse Tales!
- Read a review: Tiny Owl celebrated for driving children’s literature forward in The Publishing Post!
- Read a blog: Find out Nicola Davies’s inspiration behind Last as she talks to FCBG!
- Last has a strong environmental message – Rhymes for Little Minds
- Hooray! THREE Tiny Owl books are in School Library Journal’s round up of the best books of 2020!
- Nicola Davies asks us to protect and respect animals – Brenda Finardi
- Last is a great book about conservation – Hookable Books
- Last is a 2020 favourite with Ms.G.Reads!
- Read an interview: Nicola Davies chats to Let’s Talk Picture Books!
- Read a review: Last is an incredibly poignant read – North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards
- Read a review: Last is featured in Librarian’s Quest’s round-up of 2020 books!
- Read a review: Last reminds us that we can make a difference in this world – The Wandering Bookseller
- Read a review: A sad heart-filled story that ends on a note of hope – MyStorytimeCorner
- Read a review: Nicola Davies perfectly captures the heart of Sudan – MrsGReads
- Read a review: Last is poignant and beautifully understated – The Breadcrumb Forest
- Read a review: A true story inspired by heartbreak, healing and hope – Land of Libros
- Read a review: A touching story of hope – WhatDoWeDoAllDay
- Read a review: Last is a must-have for all schools! – Tea, Books, and Biscuits
- Read a review: Five stars from Youth Services Book Review
- Read a review: A humbling reminder of the pressing need for conservation – The Little Literary Society
- Yay! Last is out now!
What I Read
Last highlights our need to do something to help the planet
The book is delicately balanced between sorrow and hope [...] inspiring the reader to fight for nature against all odds
Last is an important book about conservation and caring for nature [...] A book to buy right away!