Despite losing his family, his home, and his best friend, Shamba, an African field mouse, refuses to give up. His courage, determination, and wit help him forge an unlikely friendship with Kali, a baby elephant who also loses her family. Separately, they would surely die. But together, Shamba and Kali brave poachers, out-of-control fires, and savage dogs in one of the wildest places on earth: Africa’s Serengeti region. And just when their struggles appear to be over, they find themselves fighting pirates aboard a ship bound for America. Can they survive their toughest battle yet? Or will their incredible journey come to a heartbreaking end?
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*SAVANNA'S TREASURE EARNS 2 PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS*
SILVER MEDAL-2015 MOONBEAM CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARDS
THE 2015 INDIE B.R.A.G. MEDALLION
Newest 5 Star Review From PACIFIC BOOK REVIEW:
"It is too often believed that Children’s Literature only appeals to children. While there are a number of books in this genre that truthfully would not hold an adult’s interest for long, others satisfy by delving a little deeper into subjects that people of all ages can relate to and find exciting, and that also spark discussions between parent and child. In C. Behrens’ Savanna’s Treasure readers will find a story that is not only adventurous and heart-warming, but educational, as well.
One of the most important components in a good children’s book is an adventure, and Savanna’s Treasure is a non-stop rollercoaster of excitement. The story’s protagonists – Shamba, the field mouse, and Kali, the baby elephant – face challenges they strive to overcome, from the very first page, to the very last. Beset by numerous hardships, the two form an unusual friendship in their struggle to survive. The personalities of the two characters are distinctive; Shamba always remains hopeful, refusing to give up, while Kali does not adjust as well, needing the occasional coaxing from her friend. Their individuality is refreshing, avoiding the sadly common pitfall of one-dimensional characters in Children’s Literature, who lack any depth or color.
Savanna’s Treasure includes a smattering of illustrations by Kim Johnson. It seems a crime to call them ‘simple’...Every hair on a cheetah is perfectly in place, each field mouse has his stripes and claws. Every fold of every elephant’s skin imbues so much life...
What elevates this book is its educational value. The author wrote with an eye toward teaching his readers something about the savanna while they read it. The reader learns about animal behavior, particularly that of elephant herds. More than that, Behrens writes about poachers, and their horrific, illegal, activity. It’s a lesson children will remember, and can discuss with their parents, learning more about endangered wildlife. Children will also be introduced to places like the elephant orphanage, and about how greatly over-taxed they are.
...reading Savanna’s Treasure is an excellent opportunity for children to learn while they’re young, and be inspired to find out more on their own.
...it’s a story about perseverance, friendship, and not judging books by their cover. All lessons our children should be learning as early as possible."
...good fit for early readers...story enriched by an inspiring animal alliance." —Kirkus Reviews
"...filled with fun-facts!" —Writer's Digest
"Lessons on friendship, perseverance, endurance, and handling adversity and surprises abound as the animals face down everything from poachers to pirates. As with any read (but especially true in a children's book), it's the protagonists that capture attention - and C. Behrens does a fine job of creating personable creatures that are engaging and fun. The 'glue' of any story is how its characters are depicted, how they react to one another, and how they bond. Savanna's Treasure...takes an adventure story format and weaves it into something far greater than simple entertainment. Kids...(likely, in grades 2-4) will relish this enchanting saga!" —Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan