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ABC Safari

ABC Safari

Karen Lee
Poetry Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2006   ISBN: 978-0977742301

It is time to put on your toughest clothes because we are going to go on a safari. It is going to be a unique kind of safari because we are going to see animals from all over the world. There are beavers and alligators from North America, a cheetah and a lion from Africa, a penguin from Antarctica, dolphins and seals from the ocean, a tiger from India, and much more besides.

Alphabet books used to be just about learning the alphabet. This is no longer the case. In this book children will not only get to practice their letters, but they will also learn all kinds of things about the animals that are featured on the pages. They will discover that Yaks manage to stay warm even when "a freezing breeze" is blasting their mountain home. They will learn that owls fly on "silent wings," and that the heavy hippo can "swim with buoyant grace."

Throughout the book, well written and entertaining verses have been created for every letter of the alphabet, with each letter being associated with an animal. Thus G is for a gorilla, R is for a rhino, and so on. To accompany the verses, the author has created some wonderful paintings. In each illustration a young boy and his parrot can be seen. The boy and his pet are the reader's guides, and in his company children will have a wonderful time traveling around the world to explore the animal kingdom.

At the back of the book children will find further information about the animals featured in the book.