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Savanna's Treasure: Wild New Children's Book Proves That Danger, Adversity & Even Poachers Are No Match for the Power of Unlikely Friendships

Enthralling young readers and adults alike, Chris Behrens’ ‘Savanna’s Treasure’ shares the story of two unlikely allies who literally take on the troubles of the world. Nobody would think that a baby elephant and a mouse could fight off poachers and pirates – but this engrossing and educational narrative showcases the boundless potential afforded by never giving up and sticking close to those one loves. It’s no wonder Kirkus Reviews hailed the book a “story enriched by an inspiring animal alliance….a good fit for early readers.”

Montvale, NJ -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/25/2014 -- Montvale, New Jersey – While every human faces adversity, most fail to recognize the difficulties some of the world’s most beautiful animals also face out in the wild. Fusing the two together, children’s author Chris Behrens is delighted to announce the launch of ‘Savanna’s Treasure’.

Children and adults from coast to coast are having their hearts and minds captured by Shamba and Kali – two very different animals whose unlikely friendship can fight the dangers of the world around them. The narrative is a testament to the power of family, kin and passionate perseverance.


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?

“The lessons and morals of my story directly translate to both the human and animal worlds,” explains Behrens. Shamba and Kali’s union not only teaches children valuable lessons about embracing even the most unlikely of friendships, but it highlights a wealth of bold issues impacting animals and endangered species. It’s all brought to life through stunning illustrations by Kim Johnson.”

Continuing, “My local media have recently seen the book’s potential and given me a great platform through which to promote my story’s message. Coupled with a slew of extremely positive reviews, I’m now ready to take the book to a global audience. It’s full of lessons children and adults need to hear!”

Kirkus reviews gave the book a glowing write-up, commenting, “A typical good guys/bad guys story enriched by an inspiring animal alliance. Ultimately, the story shows how the animals’ abilities to overcome their differences and join as allies, along with the help of their human friends, aid them in their success. Brief chapters and easy-to-follow language make this story a good fit for early readers.”

Writers Digest also praised the book for being “filled with fun facts”; solidifying its real-world relevance.

‘Savanna’s Treasure’, published by Xlibris, is available now:

About Chris Behrens
C. (Chris) Behrens loves to read and write. Chris received his bachelor’s degree from Dominican College in New York while working fulltime and raising his two daughters. Chris continues to work for a small town government in northern New Jersey, and when he isn’t working, writing, or reading, he can usually be found spending time with his children.

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