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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416900721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416900726
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K–Following on the heels of Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea (2004) and Way Up High in a Tall Green Tree (2005, both S & S), Peck and Petrone feature a pith-helmeted boy visiting the animals of the African savannah. Each spread focuses on one animal with six rhythmic, patterned lines of text featuring an action the creature is taking (sloshing, spying, roaring, zigzagging, etc). In the end, the animals are revealed to be cookies baked by Grandma. The full-color illustrations are digitally rendered in bold lines and bright colors. Although there is little dramatic action, readers looking for books with a safari theme or for African animals will find adventure enough in the cozy cadences of these vignettes.–Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI
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About the Author

Jan Peck has written stories and articles in Highlights for Children, Boys' Life, Humpty Dumpty, and Turtle magazines. In adition, she is the author of The Giant Carrot, illustrated by Barry Root, and her story "The Perfect Dog" is in the best-selling book Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul. Her previous picture book with Simon & Schuster is Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea. She resides in Texas.

Valeria Petrone has illustrated several books for children, including Ducks in Muck by Lori Haskins, Say Cheese! by Nancy Smiler Levinson, and Uh-Oh! by Marion Dane Bauer. She is the illustrator for Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo and, most recently, illustrated Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea. She currently lives in Italy.

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My daughter absolutely loves this book.
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The text is simple; the pictures are colorful and engaging, and just plain fun.
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Grandson checked out this book from the library and was one of his favorites.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amy Aldrich on January 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Way Far Away on a Wild Safari is a cute read aloud story that would world well as a transition book for young children just starting out reading. The text is simple; the pictures are colorful and engaging, and just plain fun. Picture one adventurer, complete with pith helmet, one plate of animal crackers and a vivid imagination and you've got yourself a wild safari in the making! The text is just repetitive enough for younger children to be able to catch on and join in as the story goes on and when it's retold to them...because they WILL want it read to them again and again!

The age range listed on the inside flap is 3-6 but I believe that this is one of those books you can start early and read right up until about preschool age (so a range of 0-5) and that it's one that your 4-5 year old will come back to as he or she is learning to read, because it's familiar and fun. Additionally this book is a nice way to introduce African animals to your youngster, each is brightly pictured and even the lion is not scary, so great for young children in every way possible! I give it five stars, your kids will come back to this story time and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Davis on September 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Way Far Away on a Wild Safari is the third excellent book in Jan Peck's "Way" series. There is a reason these books were plugged on the PBS website. Jan's wonderful verse, and Valeria Petrone's masterful illustrations introduce little ones to reading, African animals, and rhyme. Do your child a favor and buy he/she all three of the titles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IncrediblyPink on July 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
this book is so great to help introduce animals to children! I have already ordered the nect way far away books and cant wait to read them! High Praises!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JustMyOpinion on December 16, 2013
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One of our favorites! They recite "Hike away!" at the appropriate time on each page. We also act out this book with their stuffed animals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loves2Read on September 1, 2008
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My daughter absolutely loves this book. She is five years old and has memorized it from cover to cover!
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I purchased this book along with with a safari outfit for Easter for my 4yr grandson, along with all the accessories. He LOVES it. They read it at night right now. I would take a peak at the open pages of the book to consider it for yourself.
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More About the Author

Jan Peck is an organic gardener and a former cook for Auntie Em's, a vegetarian, health-food restaurant in Cowtown, so she knows plenty about giant carrots.
Her published books include:
* Way out West on My Little Pony (Pelican Publishing Company 2010).
* Pirate Treasure Hunt! (Pelican Publishing Company 2008).
* Way Far Away on a Wild Safari
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers).
* Way Up High in a Tall Green Tree
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers).
* Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers).
* The Giant Carrot (Dial Books for Young Readers).
* The Ballerina Princess, The First Christmas, and The Time Travelers (About You! Books).
* "The Perfect Dog" in the best-selling anthology:
Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul.
* Also stories and articles in Highlights for Children, Boys' Life, Humpty Dumpty, and Turtle magazines.
* Short stories in the anthologies Distant Lights and The Neighborhood Nine, published by Boyds Mills Press.

Jan is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the past Regional Advisor for the North Central/ Northeast Texas Chapter, and a past freelance editor for Boys' Life magazine. Jan has won awards for her writing, judged by Bruce Degan (of the Magic School Bus series), George Stanley (of the Scaredy-Cat series), and Betsy Haynes (of the Fabulous Five series and Bone Chillers series and TV show).

She is in big demand for her dynamic presentations, featuring her books and getting the kids excited about reading (presented with author, David R. Davis). They give one of the most interactive, encouraging, inspiring school programs ever seen or heard!

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