Safari in South Africa (Adventures of Riley Series)

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An award-winning, innovative 12-book series that captures the wonder of conservation through a blend of photography, illustration, fiction, and nonfiction.

Follow Riley as he joins his uncle Max, a world-renowned biologist, his aunt Martha, and his cousin Alice, on an incredible South African safari. Their mission is to study baby wild animals and predator/prey relationships. Accompanied by local guides, they encounter cheetahs, lions, ...

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Overview


An award-winning, innovative 12-book series that captures the wonder of conservation through a blend of photography, illustration, fiction, and nonfiction.

Follow Riley as he joins his uncle Max, a world-renowned biologist, his aunt Martha, and his cousin Alice, on an incredible South African safari. Their mission is to study baby wild animals and predator/prey relationships. Accompanied by local guides, they encounter cheetahs, lions, elephants, wild dogs, baboons, giraffes, and a rare black rhino.

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Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
A mixture of realistic photos and brightly colored illustrations fill the pages of this picture book, part of the "Adventures of Riley" series. Riley is off on a South African Safari with his Uncle Max, a famous conservation biologist, his Aunt Martha, and cousin Alice. Each two-page spread features a boxed scientific fact from a different scientist next to the story's action. For example, Dr. Richard W. Thorington, Jr., Curator of Mammals at the Smithsonian Institution, provides information about baboons, while the characters ride past drawn and photographed baboons in high trees next to the fact box. Tips on proper safari etiquette, as well as information about leopards, lions, and pet safety, are found in these fact boxes. Readers four to six years old will enjoy following Riley's safari story; however, it may be a bit long for most. Older readers may take the time to read the scientific fact boxes and enjoy the "Glossary" and compass drawings. The book includes a "Riley's World Passport" to encourage readers to visit an educational web site. Part of the "Adventures of Riley" series.
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Gr 1-4

Combining whimsical cartoons and striking photographs of animals in the bush, this title is a marvelous intermingling of adventure and science. Riley embarks on a trip with his cousin, aunt, and his Uncle Max, a conservation biologist. They track indigenous animals, learning important conservation lessons along the way. Boxes presenting significant facts about the animals appear next to their photographs. Future expeditions are promised-the story ends with the boy receiving a letter from his Uncle Max, inviting him on another trip. A kid-friendly and expansive Web site provides activities chronicling Riley's adventures. In a crowded field, this is a standout title that will appeal to teachers and students alike.-Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545068260
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: Adventures Of Riley Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 506,464
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted February 19, 2009

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards®. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards® seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book/product has earned this distinguished award.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    Great book!

    My 3 1/2 year old son LOVED this book! He actually wanted to me read it twice in a row. I just bought 5 more from this series. He'll like them for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2004

    Wonderful Illustrations and Photographs

    I purchased this book for my young niece who, coincidentally, also has reddish-orange hair just like the protagonist Riley. I loved the quality of the actual (physical) book as well as the abundance of photographs and illustrations. The story is easily digested by young minds and the illustrations and photographs will keep them focused on the pages. I look forward to purchasing more books in this series.

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