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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing (March 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977742369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977742363
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ABC Safari is a winner. The musical rhymes and vibrant illustrations make this book so fun you barely notice it's educational, too. --The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

This excellent read-aloud for the pre-K through primary audience is richer than the usual ABC book. Karen Lee, both illustrator and author, is not afraid to use a varied and interesting vocabulary --NSTA Recommends

This is a great way to learn the alphabet and gain a love for reading! --Wee One's Magazine

About the Author

Karen Lee has turned from illustrator to author/illustrator with ABC Safari. A visit to the Mote Marine Aquarium with her family inspired a series of drawings and poems beginning with the manatees she discovered there. She comments They are surprisingly beautiful, comical, and graceful. Her sketchbook soon represented animals from all over the world. Karen has spent over three years on this project which was the runner up for the 2005 SCBWI Don Freeman Grant. She is also the recipient of the 2004 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Illustration for her wok in Highlights For Children. Karen has illustrated two other books for Sylvan Dell, One Odd Day and My Even Day. She and her husband, also an illustrator, are raising their family outside of Raleigh, NC. Karen s children join her on many research trips to museums, zoos and aquariums tough job, but someone has to do it!

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My little one loves to read this over and over.
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The rhyming text flows to an easy beat so that a teacher could use each animal's verse for movement or dramatization.
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Karen Lee's illustrations are beautiful, and the assortment of animals is great.
Marjorie K.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
ABC Safari

Author Karen Lee has come through again in ABC Safari! Like her previous books, One Odd Day and My Even Day, she offers a fun way to learn. This time it is the alphabet on a safari journey to meet animals around the world. A boy and his parrot, like the young reader, unobtrusively observe each animal in its habitat. Can you spot the boy in each picture?

Ms. Lee paints each animal accurately and to scale in its environment. This is an important feature for the young reader to learn size and scale. The rhyming text flows to an easy beat so that a teacher could use each animal's verse for movement or dramatization. The animal flash cards at the end of the book are a brilliant addition. Pre-readers will enjoy identifying each animal. Quite highly recommended for ages 2 to 7.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on April 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
(Available in both hardcover and paperback)

Join your child on an adventure as you read ABC Safari by Karen Lee.

Search for the young guide and his colorful parrot as they discover creatures from every part of the globe. Rhyming text enhances the enjoyment of the colorful and realistic illustrations. Unusual animals in exotic habitats provide an introduction to the study of different species in a format that is easily understood by younger children.

I especially enjoyed the reproducible animal cards that were provided at the end of the story. Each card has additional trivia about the animals. These can be used for games that are both educational and fun.

Karen Lee has illustrated other books for Sylvan Dell: My Even Day (see our review) and A Very Good Day. One Odd Day is due fall 2007. In ABC Safari, her drawings are wonderfully whimsical as your child is taken through mountains and hills, meadows and plains, deserts and jungles--while the child tries to find the animal.

A website address is included with links for more information about each of the animals in alphabetical order of course!

Armchair Interviews says: ABC Safari is a fun and creative way to enjoy learning with your children.
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I found this book written and illustrated by Karen Lee to be a great read to teach the younger set their ABCs in a very unique format compared to other ABC books on the market. Karen writes in rhyme, with the alphabet letter mixed in the text in bold. On the first page, despite the gorgeous illustration of a fierce alligator, the reader won't see the "A" for Alligator until the third line of text! I found this a terrific way to keep the reader's attention focused on waiting for the word "Alligator" amidst the rise and fall of the lyrical, action-packed wording. I couldn't wait until I got to the letter "P"... did she include my most favorite animal? Wow! Yes she did! PENGUINS were awarded the prestigious "P" spot in Karen's fun book! Methinks Karen loves penguins, too!

I'm already in love with the way Karen illustrates, but this book also shows me what a terrific author she is as well! Each word she uses counts - nothing is wasted. Readers will also delight in the fun hunt for the hidden little boy and his brightly colored parrot in every illustration. This is an excellent, rich award-winning book! It has been nominated for the prestigious Moonbeam Children's Book Awards.

As with all Sylvan Dell books, there is an educational section at the end of the book "For Creative Minds" that includes: ABC Animal Alphabet Cards for a memory game that teaches 1) Animal Classes; 2) Carnivores and
Herbivores; and 3) Fun Facts About Each Animal.

Gayle Jacobson-Huset
Assistant Editor
Stories for Children Magazine
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Format: Paperback
More than just another 'ABC' book for preschool and kindergarten children, author and illustrator Karen Lee's "ABC Safari" is an animal themed rhyming journey that draws upon diverse animals from around the world, some of whom will be familiar to young readers, others that will prove to be exotic. The carnivorous and herbivorous animals cited and portrayed through museum quality artwork. The animals are backgrounded by their appropriate habitats, biomes, and geographic regions ranging from cold tundras, to hot deserts, to African jungles, to the Himalayan mountains. Young readers are challenged to find the hidden safari boy and his pet parrot in each illustration. Also available in a paperback edition and enhanced with fun facts for each animal, "ABC Safari" is enthusiastically recommended for family, preschool, and kindergarten collections for kids ages 3 to 7.
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By Marjorie K. on January 1, 2014
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Karen Lee's illustrations are beautiful, and the assortment of animals is great. The poems accompanying each animal make this book interesting for kdg. or 1st graders.
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