'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, 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.