- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: B H B Distribution; South African ed edition (September 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1868720837
- ISBN-13: 978-1868720835
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 128 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,042,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tippi of Africa Paperback – September 1, 1998
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Fast forward a couple of years, and Bowen's suddenly decided that he was interested in Africa. While the BBC series (impressively shot and presented) was fun for him, the Tippi's book was much more fascinating for him: for one thing, it was written by a 10 year old, and the photographs (many of which were staged or set in reserves with tame animals) more intimate. So I've been asked to read the book over and over again for him.
The book's voice seems very authentic. Life, philosophy, racism, and fear are all talked about from a ten year old's point of view and consciousness. There would be wild sweeping pronouncements followed by "I don't know." It's very rambling, and frequently repetitive. But Bowen can't get enough of it and so I'm forced to read it over and over again.
Because of the photographs, it's not an ideal bed-time read. You really should have good lighting to see the photos properly. On the other hand, as an authentic voice and as exposure to your child as an example of, "Yes, you can write a book too." It's pretty ideal.
Tippi may very well be the luckiest person on the planet to be able to have lived in and explored her childhood home.
Photographs are of stunning quality.
What I like about the book is the quality of the paper as well.
Any good photo essay needs to printed on high quality stock like this.
What is not to like about watching a small human play with wild animals confident that they won't have her for lunch.
This is the real life equivalent to the Tarzan stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs without the vine swinging.
What memories this young woman must have of such an exotic childhood experience . . .