Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat’s Foster Mom

By: Suzi Eszterhas

Moto and Me tells the remarkable firsthand story of wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas’s care for an orphaned baby serval—a small, spotted wildcat—in Kenya. Further information about servals. Full-color photographs and map.

ISBN: 9781771472425

JLG Release: Jul 2017


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Servals , Conservation , Kenya, Africa , Wildlife rescue , Wildlife rehabilitation , Foster care of animals , Suzi Eszterhas , Travel

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Awards & Honors

2018 Capitol Choices, Ages Seven to Ten
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Informational Books for Younger Readers

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Wildlife photographer Eszterhas recounts her experience fostering an orphaned serval kitten named Moto, the Swahili word for fire, at the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Eszterhas gently explains how Moto came to be separated from his mother and siblings (pesky tourists!) before chronicling her yearlong relationship with the creature. Anecdo Wildlife photographer Eszterhas recounts her experience fostering an orphaned serval kitten named Moto, the Swahili word for fire, at the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Eszterhas gently explains how Moto came to be separated from his mother and siblings (pesky tourists!) before chronicling her yearlong relationship with the creature. Anecdotes about feeding, grooming, and eventually teaching Moto how to hunt and survive in the wild are accompanied by stunning photos. Moto’s curious and playful nature shines as he matures from an impossibly cute tiny kitten to a full-grown serval, climbing trees and stalking prey. The intimacy of the images is well suited to the personal story and will attract readers. Eszterhas emphasizes the great responsibility of returning Moto to the wild and the importance of his developing independence. The text also briefly describes the purpose of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, with an accompanying map of its location in Kenya, while the endnotes provide supplemental information about servals. VERDICT A tender and heartwarming account that’s certain to delight children, especially animal lovers.—Kelly Topita, Anne Arundel County Public Library, MD

Book Details

ISBN

9781771472425

First Release

July 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

7 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 860L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Owlkids

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Servals, Conservation, Kenya, Africa, Wildlife rescue, Wildlife rehabilitation, Foster care of animals, Suzi Eszterhas, Travel,

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