Lions & Cheetahs & Rhinos OH MY!

Animal Artwork by Children in Sub-Saharan Africa

Did you know that the stripes on a zebra run vertically on the main part of its body, while the stripes on its rump run sideways? Or that an elephant can drink 50 gallons of water a day? Ten African animals, including lions, zebras, giraffes, and elephants, are brought to life in colorful artwork, accompanied by fun nature facts. Written by John Platt and Moira Rose Donohue, each animal portrait is painted by a student from the How to Draw a Lion program. Established in 2018 by New York artist John Platt, How to Draw a Lion is a nonprofit art education program that provides art classes for children in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Dewey 743.6
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781534110540), PDF (9781534167384), Hosted ebook (9781534167551)
Copyright 2020
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 11 x 9
Graphics Full-color illustrations

School Library Journal - Lions & Cheetahs & Rhinos Oh My!: Animal Artwork by Children in Subsaharan Africa

This picture book features African wildlife paintings created by young East African students and fast facts about the animals. The young artists were students in Platt’s “How To Draw a Lion” program, a nonprofit education program that offers art classes for children in sub-Saharan Africa. The illustrations are bright and attractive, but it is the context that is compelling. Combined with the smooth, short, and conversational facts detailing the animals’ physical characteristics, behavior, or diet, the interest factor is heightened by the text’s humorous transitions. VERDICT A successful combination of factual prose and appealing artwork. The authors’ art program could serve as inspiration for similar offerings in schools and public libraries.

Author: John Platt

John Platt is an artist who has exhibited his work globally for the last 10 years. He founded How to Draw a Lion after a trip to Tanzania in 2014 and has returned to the African continent every year since to teach art and wildlife conservation to children there. He also teaches kids in his native city of New York, where he lives and works. Learn more at

Author: Moira Rose Donohue

Moira Rose Donohue has written over 35 books for children, including Lions & Cheetahs & Rhinos OH MY! She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

  • Beginning of Text
  • How to Draw a Lion Art Lesson
  • About the Authors
Educational front/back matter
Full-color illustrations