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MCA Gold Award
Author(s): Stephanie Lisa Tara
Pricing Notes: Available at all bookstores
Audience: preschool - 4th grade

Nola was the last American Northern White Rhino, one of three--now left on the planet. Poaching has destroyed Nola's species due to the fallacy that rhino horns are thought to possess magical medicinal powers. Extinction is an ugly word. What to do? Listen to Nola, herself:
You Ask Why? / The truth is this: / Some want, what's not theirs/ (And there it is.) // What To Do? / Love what you've got! / (And not what you don't) / Matters a lot!
Everyone was in love with Nola, a courageous matriarch with the endearing lined skin of a grandmother. World leaders paused to mark her death on November 22, 2015, her name made headlines around the globe. Newspapers. Television. Internet. Nola, Nola, Nola. Last of her kind. Maybe it was Nola's courage to be the last that had us weeping at her loss. Courage to be the last with grace and forgiveness. Extinction is forever. Nola knew this. She forgave us, I think. She only asks that we honor her story.

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