|Brief description of Viku and the Ivory Thieves|
In a forest in India, a boy named Viku kills a snake to save an elephant. Viku and the elephant, Haatee, become good friends. Haatee communicates with only two sounds, but the two understand each other very well. In the first book, Viku and the Elephant, they thwart the evil plans of ivory poachers and leave their leaders on a tiny island surrounded by crocodiles. This book continues their first story. This time they meet a very clever ivory thief. He plans to steal many ivories in a way that no one will know that they have been taken. But Viku and Haatee work with the police and defeat the ivory thieves and make the forest a safe place for animals. Conservation of animals and forest is an underlying theme of this book. These stories of friendship and adventure tell us about life in another culture.
This book works well as a read-aloud story for young children, is suitable for early readers (2nd and 3rd grades), and is an excellent chapter book for 4th and 5th graders.