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Author: Lorena Siminovich

Illustrator: Lorena Simonovich

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Publisher: Chronicle Books,

Material: board book

Summary: Each pair of African animals,includes a parent and their baby. The story is told by turning both sets of pages simultaneously, with the larger section showing a mother animal and the smaller section showing the corresponding baby animal. The story focuses on the baby animals' actions, the names of the baby animals, and the sounds that they make. This is a board book with two books in one. A larger page and smaller page combine to create animal pairs.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 1 to 3

Age of Child: Read with a 13-month old girl

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter loves this book. She was really engaged with it, helping me to turn both the large and small pages, and she kept bringing it to me to read over again.

Adult Reader Reaction: What I like about Safari (and all of the books in the You Are My Baby series is that it makes for a unique reading experience, with two sets of pages to turn simultaneously. I was not surprised that my daughter really enjoys this book, as it has animals, bright illustrations, simple text, and an engaging format.

Pros: When you want a book that engages even the youngest reader, seek out this one. The format is unique and the illustrations are beautiful.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. I would recommend buying at least one of the books in the series, to have it on hand to read over and over again.


Educational Themes: It teaches about animal mothers and their babies, so children can learn about the animals' actions and the sounds that the animals make. The series is organized by "habitat," which will (as your child gets older) help them understand where in the world these animals live.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book series, animals, geography

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2015

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