Last: The Story of a White Rhino
This story is heart-wrenching but true, with the final note that explains that Sudan was the last male Northern White Rhino. After his death, only two females remain, but once they die, there will be no more of this species. This is a sad but important story.
What I loved: The illustrations here are artistic and lovely. They really pop off the pages and capture the serious and heart-breaking emotions of the story. Written in simple sentences, Sudan's story is compelling and genuine. Although the book ends on a hopeful note with Sudan finding out he is not the only one, the author's note reveals the sad truth, setting the stage for discussions about hunting/poaching and extinction.
I would add a note for sensitive and/or young readers. When his mother dies, it only says she lies so still in the text, but the illustration shows a hunter with a gun next to a red-ended horn, implying he poached her for her horn. This is a Bambi-style sadness that may be troubling for sensitive readers, but it is true and a real problem.
Final verdict: LAST is a heart-breaking tale of extinction that is beautifully and tragically composed. Would recommend for older readers who may be seeking information about extinction.