By Karen Lee
Sylvan Dell Publishing, $15.95, 32 pages

Imagine a book that is educational and fun too! ABC Safari is an around-the-world rhyming journey that includes facts about animals, their environment, behavior, and appearance. Illustrator and author Karen Lee offers pre-K and primary school readers a fun way to learn their ABCs. Take a safari journey to meet animals around the world. Each four line stanza highlights one animal found on land (in the forests, mountains, hills, swamps, and deserts), in the ocean, and in the sky. Beautiful illustrations focus on the unique traits of each creature and hidden on each page is a hidden safari boy and his pet parrot. Children, parents, and teachers will love the “For Creative Minds” educational section. Cut out the included animal cards and play games by sorting the cards by animal class (amphibians, mammals, reptiles, birds), by what they eat, and many other types of games. Or make copies and play “memory.” Early readers will learn about upper and lowercase alphabet letters, what animals eat (carnivores or herbivores), and how animals interact with each other. Kids will treasure this book filled with rich vocabulary and fantastic illustrations.

Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin