Perfect Picture Book Fridays.
We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania
Written by Laurie Krebs
Illustrated by Julia Cairns
Barefoot Books, 2003
Suitable for: Ages 5 and up
Theme/Topic: Safari, Animals, Counting-out rhymes
Opening: We all went on safari,
When the day had just begun
We spied a lonely leopard.
Arusha counted one.
Brief Synopsis: The book's summary: Arusha, Mosi, Tumpe and their friends embark on an exciting counting adventure through the grasslands of Tanzania, discovering all different kinds of African animals as they count from one to ten.
Link to Resources: The book includes a two-page spread on the animals of Tanzania, a page on the Maasai people, a page on Swahili names, a page on counting in Swahili and a fact page about Tanzania along with a map. On Laurie Krebs' website, she shares what she does on author visits. She shares pictures of the animals mentioned in the story and the children learn Swahili greetings. This lesson plan On Safari in Kenya from Homeschool Creations shows a cool 3-D scene, which could be made to represent this book.
Why I chose this book: It's a book we've checked out of the library multiple times. A sign I need to purchase my own copy. While sources say the age range is five and up, Enzo enjoys the illustrations and the rhythmic language. On the back flap of the dust cover, the author's bio says, "After a visit to Africa, Laurie wrote the original version of We All Went on Safari, as a way of introducing the world of Tanzania to her students and grandchildren." She does a wonderful job. It's entertaining and educational.
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