The Lion Queen

Rasila Vadher, the First Woman Guardian of the Last Asiatic Lions


A true tale of big cats and even bigger courage, inspired by the personal story of Gir Forest’s first female guard and Lion Queen, Rasila Vadher


ISBN: 9781951836849 Category:

Rina Singh


“Never look a lion in the eyes,” a mother tells her fearless girl. After a field trip to the Gir Forest, the girl learns all about the rare Asiatic lions of India, and from that day on, she dreams of taking care of them when she grows up. But not everyone thinks a girl has a right to such a dream, and so she stifles what she wishes for most, a roar growing inside her. That is, until the day she comes face to face with a lion.

This empowering and exciting picture book is inspired by the story of Rasila Vadher, who grew up to become the first woman guardian and real-life Lion Queen at India’s Gir Forest, the very place she first fell in love with lions.

Additional information

Weight 416 g
Dimensions 22.5 x 27.4 cm
Publisher name Cameron Books
Publication date 5 October 2023
Number of pages 40
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Tara Anand
Dimensions 22.5 x 27.4 cm
Weight 416 g


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Rina Singh was born in a small town in India, moved to Canada, and now lives in Toronto. She is a former schoolteacher and is now a full-time children’s book author. The Lion Queen is her first book with Cameron Kids.
Tara Anand is an illustrator and visual artist from Bombay, India. The Lion Queen is her first book with Cameron Kids. She lives in New York.