African Book: We All Went On Safari

In the African book “We All Went On Safari, Laurie Krebs combines her love of children’s literature with her enthusiasm for traveling to create a wonderful picture book that carry readers all around the world.

We All Went On Safari

We All Went On Safari, is a beautifully illustrated book for children. (Photo: DeepSpaceSparkle)

In this charming tale, your child follows a group of Maasai people as they travel across Tanzania, encountering big cats, ostriches, warthogs, monkeys, elephants, and other fascinating wildlife. There is also a glossary of Maasai names and a review of Swahili numbers from 1 to 10.

Children reading this book gets to 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.

We All Went On Safari Book Reviews

Fabulous art work: This book has FABULOUS art work & a good story. The kids loved both. It’s colorful & a show’s a place that most of the preschooler’s in my church have not seen. They were drawn to this interesting book! -By Sherli J. Morgan (North Carolina, USA)

The best safari book ever: This was my eldest daughters favourite book as a baby, I read it to her so many times I can still remember all the words by heart! A beautifully flowing rhyming tale that takes you on a journey through an exotic far away place – although you’ll have to stop on every page so your child can count the animals! – By Tara L. Vigouroux (Sydney, Australia)

Treasure: This is a beautifully illustrated book, in lyrical verse that tells the story of the Masai people, their culture, animals, and plant life, together with the lessons of counting and Swahili, the language they speak. I bought this book for an expected grandson and his parents since they had spent time in Tanzania coming away loving their experience; it also became inspiration for a quilt for this now 4 -yr old. Both the book and the quilt are now are a little worn around the edges with love but remain treasures. We All Went On Safari is a must for every child’s bookshelf. -By KC Taylor (Ohio, USA)

Excellent book about Masai culture: This book starts with a story about Masai culture and also an introduction to how to say their numbers. What really fascinated me were the facts in the back. It tells you about Tanzania, the Masai culture, some words in their language and also a little about how they name their children. I love learning about African culture so I absolutely loved this book! – By Kelli

Swahili For Toddlers: We love this book. after reading it once, i’d learned to count to ten in swahili. now, after a couple more readings, my 2 and 3 year old are counting in swahili, too. – By Mamato (Minnesota, USA) 

A Brief Info About Swahili

Since the book “We All Went On Safari” teaches kids how to count in Swahili, why don’t we go ahead and learn more about the Bantu language? According to Bukisa, Swahili was an African language and society that developed along the coast of East Africa. As a result of foreign trade, Swahili was a mix of African, Arab, and Asian culture. The language itself incorporated both Arab and Bantu words. Many Arabs and Persians settled in East Africa and mixed with the indigenous people. This led to an influx of foreign ideas, like Islam, which gained much popularity in the Swahili culture.

We All Went On Safari is a children’s book by Laurie Krebs.

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