Viku to the Rescue
Viku books are stories of a boy and a young elephant who become friends in a forest in India. Haatee the elephant communicates with only two sounds – a happy trumpet or a sad cry – but Viku and Haatee understand each other very well. In the first book, Viku and the Elephant, they help each other and become good friends. Then they thwart the evil plans of ivory poachers. The current book, Viku to the Rescue, continues their tale. This time elephant catchers trap Haatee in a deep hole in the jungle from which it cannot get out. Viku does not know where they have taken Haatee, but he does not give up. He persists on his search for his friend. It becomes a wonderful children’s story of determination and perseverance. You will cheer when Viku rescues his friend from the elephant-catchers. He is able to do this because he understands the forest and its animals better than the elephant catchers. 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.