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We All Went on Safari (Travel the World) Hardcover – February 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Series: Travel the World
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books; First Edition edition (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841484784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841484785
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #876,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"In this charming tale, your child follows a group of Maasai people as they travel across Tanzania, encountering big cats, ostriches, warthogs, monkeys, elephants, and other fascinating wildlife. There is also a glossary of Maasai names and a review of Swahili numbers from one to 10." --Your Big Backyard<br /><br />"The text's easy, natural rhythm makes reading aloud a pleasure:

'We all went on safari
Where the treetops intertwine.
We met mischievous monkeys,
So Doto counted nine'.

Each sharply detailed scene glows with jewel-like color, set off by the traditionally dressed human figures' heads and limbs. Further information about the Maasai, Tanzania, the ten children's Swahili names, and the equal number of wild creatures met along the way close this brilliant, horizon-expanding outing." --Kirkus Review (starred review)<br /><br />"Youngsters will learn numbers from one to ten in English and Swahili as Mosi, Tumpe, Arusha, and other friends count African wildlife. Attractive borders frame vibrant watercolor spreads of different types of animals, including giraffes, elephants, zebras, and lions. The rhyming singsong verse, beginning with the refrain "We all went on a safari," lends itself to a fun read-aloud." --School Library Journal

"The text's easy, natural rhythm makes reading aloud a pleasure:

'We all went on safari
Where the treetops intertwine.
We met mischievous monkeys,
So Doto counted nine'.

Each sharply detailed scene glows with jewel-like color, set off by the traditionally dressed human figures' heads and limbs. Further information about the Maasai, Tanzania, the ten children's Swahili names, and the equal number of wild creatures met along the way close this brilliant, horizon-expanding outing." --Kirkus Review (starred review)

"In this charming tale, your child follows a group of Maasai people as they travel across Tanzania, encountering big cats, ostriches, warthogs, monkeys, elephants, and other fascinating wildlife. There is also a glossary of Maasai names and a review of Swahili numbers from one to 10." --Your Big Backyard

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

In creating my picture books, I have combined my love of children's literature with my love of traveling to fascinating places. I hope through my series with Barefoot Books to introduce young readers to people and cultures that might be unfamiliar to them.

I also love 18th century history and enjoyed finding real people who plied the trades I wrote about in my Colonial series. One of the men, a miller named Isaac Keeler, had lived in my Connecticut town and when I wrote the story, I was living in a Keeler house a short distance from the mill.

I have four children and five grandsons, one step-granddaughter and one step- grandson, none of whom live close enough to suit me. I now live in Virginia with my husband, Bill, and my golden retriever, May.

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We've read this book over and over again (fortunately it has a wonderful rhythm).
Melissa Richey
The book has added information that he can learn when he's older, like the Swahili names for numbers and also a map of Tanzania and Kenia.
Amanda Visser
The illustrations are simply gorgeous with their vibrant colours and wonderful depictions of the Maasai and their lands and wildlife.
Amelia Curzon Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
An excellent book, which has been written by a very talented author. Krebs has a true gift writing books that are enjoyed by children all over the world. As for Kokodoko's review, I found their opinion of the artwork harsh. I think s/he needs to take another look at the book as ALL the characters wore some type of clothing and were not "running around naked in the wilderness." Perhaps this person has yet to learn that in many cultures men, women and children wear limited clothing based upon tradition, need and climate. Just because they do, should we regard all photographs or illustrations of them as depicting "negative stereotypes?" Should we expect all people to be dressed as Westerners or to follow our codes of modesty? I don't think so.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stacy on October 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
Our whole family loves this book. My son, now 3, learned to count to ten in English by reading this at bedtime almost every night. We are just now starting to read the Swahili words too. The information, spellings of the Swahili words and their pronounciations, even the names of the children are all accurate (I speak Swahili to moderate fluency). One note... Most Maasai do not even speak Swahili, rather they speak Maa! But that doesn't really matter. We love the book anyway, and the Maasai do live with all of the wildlife depicted on this wonderful safari! I would say this book is appropriate from age 1, as it has a very nice cadence to it that is calming before bedtime and the pictures are very engaging. Don't wait until age 4!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This exuberant, colorful journey through Tanzania is a treasure trove of visual and auditory pleasures. The musical, rhythmic verse perfectly captures the action of the Maasai counting trip: "We all went on safari/ past an old acacia tree/ Nearby giraffes were grazing/ So Tumpe counted three." The illustrations are awash with the lovely, subtle hues of the Serengeti, and the artist's depiction of the Maasai men, women, and children reveals personality and attitude in a single brushstroke. The effortlessly multicultural story introduces young children to the Swahili words for the numbers 1 to 10, and in an informative glossary, to the Swahili names for the different animals encountered on safari. An effervescent, irrestible read-aloud... enjoy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This exuberant, colorful journey through Tanzania is a treasure trove of visual and auditory pleasures. The musical, rhythmic verse perfectly captures the action of the Maasai counting trip: "We all went on safari/ past an old acacia tree/ Nearby giraffes were grazing/ So Tumpe counted three." The illustrations are awash with the lovely, subtle hues of the Serengeti, and the artist's depiction of the Maasai men, women, and children reveals personality and attitude in a single brushstroke. The effortlessly multicultural story introduces young children to the Swahili words for the numbers 1 to 10, and in an informative glossary, to the Swahili names for the different animals encountered on safari. An effervescent, irrestible read-aloud... enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
We borrowed this book from the library and enjoyed it so much we bought a copy to keep. My 3 1/2 year old son loved the counting journey and learning to say all the animals and numbers in swahili. What a fun way to learn to count and speak a new language!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Perry on May 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a favorite for my 2 year old. Counting is represented 3 ways on each page spread - in the text, a visual number in the same location on each page, and by the number of animals on each page. Great picture book for counting, nice text for reading.

The back of the book offers a bit of material that we read over as well - descriptions of the Masai people, and their way of life, a map of Tanzania, and visuals + descriptions for all of the animals.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kelli on July 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book starts with a story about Masai culture and also an introduction to how to say their numbers. What really fascinated me were the facts in the back. It tells you about Tanzania, the Masai culture, some words in their language and also a little about how they name their children. I love learning about African culture so I absolutely loved this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maryann Barra on March 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book for young and old. My 6 year old loves this book. The pictures are beautiful and she enjoys learning another language.
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