Join Arusha, Mosi, Tumpe and their Maasai friends as they set out on a counting journey through the grasslands of Tanzania. Along the way, the children encounter all sorts of animals including elephants, lions and monkeys, while counting from one to ten in both English and Swahili. The lively, rhyming text is accompanied by an illustrated guide to counting in Swahili, a map, notes about each of the animals and interesting facts about Tanzania and the Maasai people.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be donated to the African Wildlife Foundation, to aid their wildlife conservation and community building efforts in Tanzania.
Written by: Laurie Krebs
Illustrated by: Julia Cairns
Read Together: Ages 4-8 Paperback; Full-colour illustrations; 32pages measures: 247 x 255 mm Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award 2004
Practical Pre-School Gold Award winner 2004
'How many hippos are "tano"? How many elephants are "kumi"? We All Went On Safari is a beautifully illustrated counting book about four children going on an adventure through the Tanzanian grasslands. With their Maasai friends they spot all kinds of wildlife in their natural setting, and enumerate them in English and Swahili. Lordly lions yawn under a tree and wiry warthogs rush past. The story adds repetitive rhyme and alliteration to its mathematical content. Facts about the animals, a map and a guide to pronunciation and children's names make it a fine addition to a class library'—Times Educational Supplement
"A wonderfully evocative rhyming picture book following a group of children on a foot safari in Tanzania. All the animals they meet, from the lonely leopard to the hefty hippos, are there, as the counting increases to ten, with the numbers also given in Swahili. There are some facts at the back of the book about Tanzania and the Masai people, plus facts about the animals, giving their names in Swahili with the pronunciation. A book to be enjoyed by the very young to help with counting but alos newly confident readers who will enjoyed the rhyming words'—Reviewed by members of the Children and Young People's Team, Coventry libraries and information services, Nuneaton Evening Telegraph