'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
About the Author
Laurie Krebs, a seasoned traveller and former teacher from Connecticut, was inspired to write this book after going on a safari in Tanzania. A mother of four grown children and five grandchildren, she seeks to expose all children to a variety of different cultures and environments through her writing. Julia Cairns began her career as a fine artist when she moved to Botswana where she worked for nine years. She continues to be inspired by the joy and hopeful spirit of the African people. She also illustrated the soon to be released Grandad's Tree: Poems About Families (2002) for Barefoot Books. She currently resides in Northern California with her husband and two children and a bevy of farm animals.