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We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania Hardcover – Illustrated, 6 Mar 2003


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books Ltd (6 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841484571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841484570
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 488,089 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

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.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Viv Chamberlin-Kidd on 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Viv Chamberlin-Kidd on 14 Jun. 2003
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr on 7 Mar. 2009
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Stone on 11 Jun. 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By fan of children's theatre on 31 Mar. 2010
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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 By C. Cable on 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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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! It is tremendous fun, and after all, since the Maasai people are globally known; what better way of introducing young children to them and their culture than with a beautifully produced book such as this.
A group of Maasai women and children, accompanied by a Maasai warrior, take themselves on a short safari across the Serengeti where they encounter various wild animals, counting them in rhyme as they go; "We all went on safari, Among herds that intermix, We followed woolly wildebeests, Watende counted six". The illustrations are simply gorgeous with their vibrant colours and wonderful depictions of the Maasai and their lands and wildlife.
Having learnt to count to ten (the numbers are depicted on each page thus: 1 - moja, 2 - mbili), the learning process continues at the back of the book with pictures and short facts about the animals of the Serengeti and their names in Swahili, the character's names in Swahili with their meanings, facts about Tanzania (including a useful map) and numbers one to ten again in Swahili with an illustrated guide. Completely irresistible from beginning to end, this is a real must for any child's bookshelf!
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By star mum on 8 April 2012
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I bought this as we were having a sort of African theme at school with Handa's surprise. I thought it was great that the names were traditional to that area and are explained in the back, that the numbers were in both languages so that the children could count in a difficult language. I liked the settings with the different animals and it makes a good talking point - could we go on a safari? what animals would we see if walked in our country? We also talk about what they are wearing, where is tanzania and lots of other points to talk about. There is explanation at the back of the book and it tells you how to pronounce the letters so there is information to be had not just a counting book. All these things make it differenet and more interesting than your average children's counting book and my little 5 year old liked it - especially pronouncing the numbers
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