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- By: June Mottershead
- Narrated by: Emily Pennant-Rea
- Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
When George Mottershead moved to the village of Upton-by-Chester in 1930 to realise his dream of opening a zoo without bars, his four-year-old daughter June had no idea how extraordinary her life would become. Soon her best friend was a chimpanzee called Mary, lion cubs and parrots were vying for her attention in the kitchen, and finding a bear tucked up in bed was no more unusual than talking to a tapir about granny's lemon curd. Pelican, penguin, or polar bear - for June, they were simply family.
A captivating read.
- By jillian grant on 28-08-16
Welsh place names horribly pronounced
I really enjoyed this book, however given how close to the border Chester zoo is, it would have been respectful for the narrator to learn how to pronounce our place names. It took me some time to work out that June had gone on holiday to Pwllheli not ‘poo lily’ as read. There were several others examples too.
Overall though, a lovely story about our local zoo.