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Run for Your Life!
Predators and Prey on the African Savanna
by Lola M. Schaefer
Paul Meisel, Illustrator

Reinforced | 40 pages | 9 x 11 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823435555 | 01-31-2016

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: SECOND | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Animals/Nonfiction, African, Science & Nature
Recommendations: A, K, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
L.1.1, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1g, 1I, 1j, 4, 4a, 4c
W.1.2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
SL.1.1, 1b, 1c, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
L.1.5, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 6
RI.1.1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
RF.1.1, 2, 3, 3f, 3g, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c

About the Book

A day on the African savanna is like a game of hide-and-seek with deadly consequences.
Fierce, predatory animals chase down weaker creatures for food, while their targets scatter to avoid ending up as lunch. In this exciting picture book, Lola Schaefer's poetic writing is paired with Paul Meisel's elegant watercolor paintings, capturing the life-and-death pursuit of savanna wildlife. Spreads depict animals of all sizes on their quest for a meal, leading up to a climactic face-off with some hungry lions: Run for your life!

Back-matter includes average sprint speeds for the animals mentioned in the book.


"Steadfast animal-lovers will likely enjoy this visually pleasing and gentle introduction to the food chain."—Booklist

"Schaefer highlights the action, with the verbs taking center stage and providing lots of opportunity for fun, interactive vocabulary lessons."—School Library Journal

"Speed freaks will glom on to the final spread, which provides a brief overview of the “chase-and-flee scenes” common to the savanna and compares the animals’ average sprint speeds."—Publishers Weekly

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Why is this book about a “real-life game of hide and seek”? (Discuss camouflage, speed and survival.) RI.K-1.2, 3

2. Describe the savanna habitat using words and phrases from the story. (Ex., There are trees, watering holes, hills, trails, rocks, etc.) RI.K-1.1, 2

3. Go on a verb hunt in the book. Create a list of verbs from the story. Which other words have similar meanings? Act them out. L.K-1.5

4. Go on an animal hunt. Find and list all of the animals in the story. L.K-1.5a

Educators' Guide
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! Predators and Prey in the African Savanna
Lesson plan featuring new vocabulary words and discussion questions centered around the African savanna and predator & prey relationships.