Reviewed by Kayla Cook for Readers’ Favorite
(Disclaimer: I received small monetary compensation from Readers' Favorite and a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.)
There’s no stronger magic than a child’s imagination, a lesson
well-taught by Stephanie J. Teer in I…Am…Cheetah!: The Gift, book one of
the exciting Wild Animal Kids Club middle-grade series. It’s a beautiful
day at Safari Park. Gabby, David, and Nathan can’t wait to play with
their friends this Park Day. However, when a bully ruins their day by
teasing little Gabby for loving animals, Nathan decides it’s time to
start a club for kids passionate about animals and share the magical
secret he’s been entrusted with. Along with their friends Cassidy and
Dorian, Nathan and his siblings form the Wild Animal Kids Club. Join the
Wild Animal Kids Club as they discover the power of belief and
imagination, learn about endangered animals through means they never
expected, and become Wildlife Warriors in their own way.
Though aimed at children ages eight to ten, I…Am…Cheetah! by Stephanie J. Teer is a delightful, imaginative story that can be enjoyed by animal lovers of all ages. With beautiful illustrations by Monika Lea Jones, an exciting plot, and interesting characters, this story excelled at delivering educational content in a format that can hold a child’s attention and make learning more enjoyable. The additional facts and engaging color photos in the back of the book were an especially nice touch. I loved that this story also taught many valuable lessons, such as standing up for what you believe in, not stooping to a bully’s level, not letting bullying change who you are, and taking up for yourself and others against bullying. I…am…Cheetah!: The Gift is an excellent read that’s sure to capture the hearts of children and adults alike.