Published by Owlkids
Summary: While trying to rescue her kittens from a fire, Moto’s mother was scared by a truck and dropped one of them in the road. The tourists on the truck didn’t see the mother. Thinking they were rescuing the tiny serval, they took it to a ranger station. By the time they got there, the ranger knew Moto’s mother would never take her kitten back, so he was given to Suzi Eszterhas, who was working as a wildlife photographer. She became his foster mom, taking care of him, but also making sure that he followed his instincts and learned how to live in the wild. As Moto grew up, he spent increasingly long periods of time in the wild until one day he didn’t return. Eszterhas feared the worst, but a week later, she spotted him, and he came over to her jeep to greet her. He was seen again several times by rangers, and Suzi knew she had succeeded as a serval foster mom. Includes a page of facts about servals. 40 pages; grades K-5.
Pros: An engaging nonfiction narrative that kids could read for either pleasure or research. Eszterhas is a wildlife photographer, so the many photos are cute and captivating.
Cons: I’m not really sure how to pronounce “serval”.