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Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat's Foster Mom Hardcover – April 11, 2017
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"A tender and heartwarming account that's certain to delight children, especially animal lovers." (School Library Journal)
"Photos of Moto, both as a fluffy-faced baby and an active, handsome adult, are the clear scene-stealers, but plenty of interesting facts on servals are included. More than one reader will consider following in Eszterhas' footsteps." (Booklist)
"A model of narrative nonfiction for the elementary-age audience... an encouraging example of wildlife rescue and release with guaranteed child appeal." (Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW)
"[Suzi Eszterhas's] passion for wild animals is, as always, evident and contagious. There's no way to describe the color photographs other than: SQUEEEE...! Highly recommended for ages 7 to 10." (Ingram)
"Tender...a vibrant, small-scale comeback story." (Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW)
"Woven throughout the story are facts about servals and their natural environment, and the photography is stunning." (Ithaca Child Magazine)
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"Such a good idea for a book and such wonderful writing... I can’t imagine how any kid could resist at least thumbing through the pages." (Betsy Bird , A Fuse #8 Production (SLJ))|"This appealing wildlife story is told with authentic detail by a talented author/photographer with expert credentials... Highly Recommended." (Canadian Review of Materials)
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My daughter and I neither one knew much about servals when we started and we were shocked to learn that serval kittens do not know how to go to the bathroom on their own. "When their mom cleans their bottoms, the feel of her warm, wet tongue tells their bodies that it is time to go." We both heartily agreed that we are glad this is not the case for human babies!! I remember watching Born Free when I was little and I was sad when the Adamsons had to leave Elsa, so I was a little worried I would feel a bit sad at the end of this book. Actually, Eszterhas does a great job of making the end feel triumphant rather than sad.
Eszterhas has taken a lot of amazing photographs of wild animals and their babies and we enjoyed looking online at those pictures as well. We also learned some about endangered animals online including the pangolin which I had never even heard of previously! Altogether this book is a winner!
1. A portion of the royalties from sales of the book will be donated to the Mara Conservancy to help protect Moto's home.
2. LOOK AT THAT FACE.
3. LOOK AT IT.
Now that I've clearly and concisely argued my point.
This book is amazing. Told quickly and effectively, as all children's nonfiction needs to be, it's the story of the world's most flippin' adorable baby serval, and the year Suzi Eszterhas spent fostering him while taking photographs in the wild in Kenya.
The story of Mama Serval having to leave her baby behind is literally like two paragraphs and I was tearing up. I'm so soft. Maybe if I couldn't see the baby face, it would've been easier to handle.
So much can be learned about wild animals in these few pages, and it's just such a sweet, fun story. Kids will be wondering about Moto, running in the wild and making new adorable fluffy faced bitey babies.
With lovely photographs and fascinating facts I think this would be great for children in the 2nd-4th grade levels. Even as an adult I enjoyed it.
Notes: Review copy received through NetGalley.
Author/Photographer: Suzi Eszterhas
Publisher: Owlkids Books
Reviewed For: NetGalley and the Publisher
Reviewed By: DelAnne
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Think a modern Born Free. This is a story I will always love to read. Someone loving nature enough to take a break from their life to help a wild animal to return to the wild.
Told in simple to read and follow along text. Young readers can enjoy sharing Suzi's year long adventure teaching Moto how to survive in the wild with their family and friends. The numerous photographs enhance young readers enjoyment of this delightfully fun read. My rating of Moto and Me is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
It conveys the feelings of a foster animal mom with the “wildness” of the African Masai Mara’s savanna. Fantastic photographs with open, honest details that would delight young readers as well as older; it is simply beautifully done. As having thirty years in elementary education, I believe this is one of the best children’s animal nonfiction books I have ever read.
The publisher through Net Galley provided a copy.