The Adventures Of Songha is the story of a rare Savannah cat, told from the viewpoint of Songha, who is half African Serval leopard and half domestic cat. The book is geared for children and using the cat’s point of view is a very charming way to engage young readers.

Because of her wild leopard heritage, Songha is not content to live like a tame, domestic cat and yearns to escape to the great outdoors and have some adventure. She doesn’t want to escape forever, just run along the rooftops of her neighborhood and see what happens outside the confines of the house in which she lives. When she does escape one day, she meets several feline friends, including a Siamese cat named Jacques Cousteau. Jacques explains that his owners named him after the famous human explorer, because he was such a good cat explorer.

Later in the story, Songha meets El Diablo, the notorious coyote who plagues the neighborhood.  An attempt to save a mother cat and her kittens from the coyote takes Songha on another adventure and proves how resourceful she can be.

As Songha pursues her adventures, she learns some valuable lessons that young people might be able to glean from the story for themselves. The primary one being the importance of family. Young readers will also learn about the Savannah cats and where they live in Africa, and the “learning” goes down easier in the context of a story.

The book was written in prose, with a poetic “warp-up” at the end of each chapter. Each form had its appeal, but was a bit redundant. It gave the impression that the author couldn’t decide whether to tell the story in prose or poetry, so used both.

Overall, this is a cute book that young readers should enjoy, even though it is a bit slow going in the beginning. Lovely pencil illustrations were done by William Dye, and add to the appeal of the book. The cover features a photo of the real Songha, taken by Robert Knight. Songha is a real cat who lives with the author and inspired the story.

The Adventures Of Songha
Linda Caterine
Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse (May 23, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 143438361X
ISBN-13: 978-1434383617

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