Fans of narrative non-fiction, true dog stories, and African wildlife will want to check out Bulu!
Born on a crocodile farm in Zambia's untamed South Luangwa Valley, the puppy seemed different from his littermates. Too quiet. Unresponsive. Terriers are usually full of energy and bouncing off walls. But not this one. Nobody wanted him. Enter Anna and Steve Tolan—former police officers who had left behind their life in England to live in the African bush. People thought the Tolans were a bit different, too. The peculiar puppy suited them perfectly. They named him Bulu, or "wild dog" in the local Nyanja language.
Living in the bush, Bulu not only found his voice, he also found his calling as a foster parent to the orphaned baby animals—including warthogs, monkeys, elephants, baboons, bushbucks, and buffalo—cared for by the Tolans. But Bulu's protective nature led him into terrifying situations in the wild. It's a miracle he survived! But survive he did, disarming people with his wacky ways and nurturing once-unwanted creatures like him until they too could be set free. Bulu's story is a joyful confirmation of dogs as unique spirits, capable of love, compassion, and bravery.
Packed with vivid descriptions of encounters with crocodiles, lions, leopards, poisonous snakes, armed poachers, and more—and illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs—Bulu: African Wonder Dog is a great resource for meeting Common Core State Standards that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.
From the Hardcover edition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Bulu: African Wonder Dog" by Dick Houston tells the true story of a couple in Africa and the amazing dog they adopt.
Bulu was never supposed to survive. He certainly wasn't supposed to survive a lion attack and other harrowing events, but he did, and you'll be delighted to read about each of Bulu's adventures. But for me, the brightest moments of the book come in the story of how Bulu became a "foster parent" to many of the African creatures his owners brought home-from warthogs to baboons to bushbucks.
As someone who adopted a dog a few months ago, I found lots of humor and warmth in Bulu's story, and I was brought to tears more than once. As a public library director, this is the type of book I want on my junior fiction shelf: easy-to-read, full of adventure, engaging, and educational (with a great message about conservation).
The book is written at a junior level, but that just means it also is a great easy read for adults looking for a...
This is a page turner. Once you start reading you won't want to put it down. This amazing dog beats all the odds of surviving in the African bush country and goes beyond that by adopting orphaned babies who would not have survived without him. Bulu is unique among heroic dogs -- real or fictional. His environment is about as hostile as one could imagine for any dog, let alone a small dog like Bulu. His courage, endurance and wiliness makes Bulu a true wonder dog. This is a story which will become legendary in Africa and around the world. Bulu will not only take his place among the greatest of iconic dogs, he will be a symbol of pure fortitude and of the spirit of devotion for all dogs. Bulu: African Wonder Dog
Bulu's story is one of courage, loyalty and adventure. Steve and Anna Tolan have left their home in England to start a wildlife rescue center in Zambia. Against all advice for anyone living in the African bush, they adopt what turns out to be a true wonderdog. Bulu, a Jack Russell terrier mix and runt of his litter, grows into one of the bravest, smartest and most caring dogs you will ever read about. Not only does he repeatedly risk life and limb to protect his owners, he also nurtures the center's animal orphans as if they were his own.
Dick Houston does a wonderful job of weaving together the many amazing tales of Steve and Anna, the founding of the Chipembele Wildlife Education Centre and their adventures in the wild of Zambia with Bulu. The book is a quick and exciting read that educates while entertaining.
I don't understand why the book is categorized as juvenile. Although fine for young readers it will appeal to more mature readers as well...
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