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We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania [Hardcover]

Laurie Krebs , Julia Cairns
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1 Jan 2010
Join Arusha, Mosi, Tumpe and their Maasai friends as they set out on a counting journey through the grasslands of Tanzania. Along the way, the children encounter all sorts of animals including elephants, lions and monkeys, while counting from one to ten in both English and Swahili. The lively, rhyming text is accompanied by an illustrated guide to counting in Swahili, a map, notes about each of the animals and interesting facts about Tanzania and the Maasai people. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be donated to the African Wildlife Foundation, to aid their wildlife conservation and community building efforts in Tanzania.
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  • Hardcover: 29 pages
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (1 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756993199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756993191
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 25.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,603,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'How many hippos are tano? How many elephants are kumi? We All Went On Safari is a beautifully illustrated counting book about four children going on an adventure through the Tanzanian grasslands. With their Maasai friends they spot all kinds of wildlife in their natural setting, and enumerate them in English and Swahili. Lordly lions yawn under a tree and wiry warthogs rush past. The story adds repetitive rhyme and alliteration to its mathematical content. Facts about the animals, a map and a guide to pronunciation and children's names make it a fine addition to a class library.' --Times Educational Supplement

'[A] glorious safari through the country's grasslands. Arusha, Moshi and Tumpe set off on an expedition with their Masai friends. All the animals that might be seen along the way - hefty hippos, lordly lions, woolly wildebeests and enormous elephants - are counted in the simply rhyming text. The book includes an introduction to the Maasai people and the numbers are also written in Swahili.' --The Guardian

'A wonderfully evocative rhyming picture book following a group of children on a foot safari in Tanzania. All the animals they meet, from the lonely leopard to the hefty hippos, are there, as the counting increases to ten, with the numbers also given in Swahili. There are some facts at the back of the book about Tanzania and the Masai people, plus facts about the animals, giving their names in Swahili with the pronunciation. A book to be enjoyed by the very young to help with counting but also newly confident readers who will enjoy the rhyming words.' --Reviewed by members of the Children and Young People's Team, Coventry libraries and information services, Nuneaton Evening Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Laurie Krebs, an infant school teacher for twenty years, is drawn to projects that combine her love of children's literature with her love of travelling to distant places. 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. Laurie has written many books for Barefoot, which have received the highest critical acclaim. She has four children and five grandsons, and lives in Virginia, USA with her husband, Bill. Julia Cairns began her career as a fine artist in Botswana, Africa, where she lived for nine years. Though she now resides in the United States, Julia continues to be inspired by the joyful and hopeful spirit that she found in the people of Botswana. Julia's artwork has been praised for its contrasts and colours. She has illustrated four books for children, including Off to the Sweet Shores of Africa, which was the recipient of an ALA Notable Award, and The Spider Weaver, which was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Children's Literature. Julia lives in British Columbia, Canada with her husband, two children, two dogs, two horses and three chickens. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 28 April 2003
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The pictures are lovely. The story is lovely. There is a section at the end on how to pronounce the numbers, names and animals in Swahili as well as facts about Tanzania and a map. This is an excellent book beautifully illustrated and thought out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely pictures, lovely story, excellent book 14 Jun 2003
This book is lovely. The pictures are excellent, the story is lovely and my son of 21 months loves it. It covers counting in English (and Swahali!!) and has ten different animals along the way. At the end it also has a map, facts about the Maasai people and pronounciation guides for the names of the children involved in the safari and for the numbers. A brilliant buy!! Another excellent book from barefoot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 7 Mar 2009
By Mr
I am a primary school teacher and work with 4-5 year olds. This is a great book a fun story which also gives lots of information about Tanzania. The class loved the story and we all enjoyed learning to count in Swahili and also finding out the different Swahili names for the animals in the book! A great read for at home or to teach from. Highly recomended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars We all went on safari 11 Jun 2009
This book is popular with the children and useful for Early Years practitioners because it gives opportunities for the children to count in english and swahili. Counting is regularly done, so the children now speak and use another language! There is additional information about Tanzania, the Maasai people, and wildlife, including swahili animal names and is a good starting point for a theme which links to learning about the Maasai community and life in Tanzania.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We all went on safari 31 Mar 2010
Excellent! Highly recommended! My 2 year old loves the pictures, the animals, the counting,the poetry, the cultural aspect. The info on Tanzania at the back is interesting and means that this book will last through to Primary School. Also check out other barefoot books. We have secret seahorse too which is also excellent.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Safari 28 July 2009
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I loved this book and so did my Foundation /Year 1 class. The story made an excellent 'springboard' for a music class/short assembly piece for the class. Not only did the children learn to count up to 10 in African, but they were able to dramatise the role of the children in the book and have great fun being part of an 'orchestra'choosing a musical instrument to represent each of the animals. I especially liked the information given about each of the animals and what the childrens names meant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book! 23 Aug 2010
My girls (2 and 3) loved this book. Very nice imagery that kids loved to comment upon and ask questions about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant design 29 Jun 2010
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My daughter loves this book. The pictures are bright and colourful and beautifully drawn. It has really given her an introduction to another country. She enjoys saying the numbers and animal names in Swahili. Good value.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice link to other countries and mathematics
Good for cross curricular maths teaching, some nice illustrations
Published 17 days ago by H
5.0 out of 5 stars Take it to Tanzania!
Bought this as my daughter was going to Tanzania on a University field trip and as a bit of fun. In the end I believe it did get passed around the 4x4. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MR MARK K ELLIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 3 months ago by nile
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
This is a great book for counting and perfect of animal lovers. It is a real favourite and can be looked at over and over again. Lovely illustrations. Came within time.
Published 7 months ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent teaching resource!
Excellent condition and a lovely story for my low level learners at school. Included opportunity for my pupils to count all the animals. Loved it, a fantastic teaching resource! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Katie McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great counting book
read to to a pre-k class who regularly returned to this again and again throughout the year. We all loved that it also taught you another language and they children really enjoyed... Read more
Published 10 months ago by anon
3.0 out of 5 stars Safari story
I liked the book initially but have since found other books that were more engaging for the children in my class.
Published 14 months ago by frequent customer LFB
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
My daughter loves this book so we are buying it for her friend too! Lovely pictures, great flow to the writing and very engaging for young children.
Published 16 months ago by Ms. C. Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Rhyming Counting Book
Great book for raising children's awareness of other cultures and countries. It is written in rhyme for children to join in with the repetitive refrains and predict rhyming words. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mocal
5.0 out of 5 stars A Total Delight
I absolutely loved this book. We All Went on Safari is a counting picture book for young children, which also teaches them how to count to ten in another language - Swahili! Read more
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