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Safari Journal (Aspca Henry Bergh Children's Book Awards (Awards)) Hardcover – April 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Series: Aspca Henry Bergh Children's Book Awards (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015216393X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152163938
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,180,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-This fictional diary of a 12-year-old boy provides information, adventure, and entertainment through photographs, illustrations, handwritten diary entries, and hastily scribbled notes. Carey is to spend two weeks in Kenya with his "wacky Aunt Elaine," who is a fashion photographer on her way to a photo shoot. After arriving, he befriends Mutongai, a Maasai man who was hired to drive the supplies overland to the shoot locations, and his son Pilot. Through a combination of facts, observations, and illustrations, each animal they encounter is introduced. Carey joins Mutongai and Pilot on their drive from Amboseli to the Maasai Mara Reserve. The trip takes the three on an unforgettable safari and Carey sees a side of Kenya that few outsiders ever encounter. Along the way, readers will catch glimpses of how the Maasai are trying to preserve their land and way of life. Thrown into the mix is a plot involving poachers and endangered rhinos. The information is delivered in thought-provoking and humorous ways and the lively journal/scrapbook entries will have wide appeal, including reluctant readers. This title could be used to initiate discussions about cultural identity, endangered animals, and ecotourism. An author's note provides brief background information.
Genevieve Gallagher, Orange County Public Library, VA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

HUDSON TALBOTT has illustrated many books for children, including O'Sullivan Stew: A Tale Cooked Up in Ireland, which he also wrote, and Leonardo's Horse. He divides his time between New York City and upstate New York.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By napria on June 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book was sent to me by a friend who knows I collect children's books. I had never heard of Hudson Talbott before, nor had I heard of this book.
It's fabulous! Safari Journal will appeal to both girls and boys ages 7 to 15, as well some adults. My 5 year old daughter asked me to read it the day it arrived, and she sat through the whole story, although it was quite a long story for a 5 year old! (I'm not so sure this would be typical, though.)
I love the photographs, the innovative way factual information is interwoven within a funny, adventureous story and the feeling that you are reading the actual journal of this 12 1/2 year old.
Side note: If you've ever been to Disney World's Animal Kingdom Lodge and liked it, you'll LOVE this book. It highlights the same animals you'll see there and the same people that are showcased in the Animal Kingdom Lodge.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This Book is a great innovative book that is a 12 1/2 year old's fictious journal of his African Safari. There is action, adventure, humor and factual information about african animals, Swahili words, Massai people and wildlife preserves in Africa.
It's the most innovative children's book I've seen in a long time and will appeal to any child between the ages of 6 and 15. DON'T HESITATE -- BUY THIS BOOK! (you won't regret it!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Love Big Cats on October 29, 2009
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This is one of my favorite books. I love photography and artwork, especially journals and diaries. I use this book for inspiration in my own artwork. It is like reading someone's travel journal. Great clippings and artwork and journal entries and photos. If you love journaling get this book!
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Looked great - this was a present , so need to hear from the young man I gave it to still
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