A lion learns to shoot a gun, dress like a human and make big human decisions in Shel Silverstein's "Lafcadio, The Lion Who Shot Back."
Known for works such as "A Light In The Attic" and "The Giving Tree," Shel Silverstein wrote the 110-page "Lafcadio" in 1963. Now, 50-plus years later, in the wake of Cecil's tragic death, the book's message still resonates with readers today.
Silverstein addresses the cruel and heartless act of trophy hunting with a story of absurdity: A lion who becomes human by learning to shoot a gun.
The hunter tells Lafcadio he will "shoot you now. And make you into a nice rug. And put you in front of my fireplace."
"And on cold winter evenings, I will sit on you and toast marshmallows."