A Different Kind of Safari

A Different Kind of Safari


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ISBN-13: 9780989013406
Publisher: A Different Kind of Safari, LLC
Publication date: 06/14/2018
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 12 Years

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A Different Kind of Safari 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
TKSayers More than 1 year ago
This is a picture book story about Ray and Rosie. Ray is a young boy from Vermont who's visiting Africa with his family; Rosie is a different kind of hippo. She's pink instead of gray! Ray asks her if it bothers her that she's different, and her response is one that I would hope all young readers take to heart: at first it did, but not anymore. Ray is different too – it's difficult for him to talk to other people. He's more comfortable alone, but he wishes he were more like the other kids. Rosie takes Ray on a trip down the river, and along the way Ray meets a crocodile who also defies his expectations, and hears the story of Eli-zee, a different kind of horse who discovers there are very important strengths to her differences. Ray "wakes up" under an umbrella tree, and realizes that his "dream" was a different kind of safari (safari is the Swahili word for "long journey," Ray's Grandpa explains). By the end of the story Ray has started to understand that you can feel happy about being different, and shares his thoughts with his Grandpa. I think this is a great story for kids at an early-to-mid elementary level. Many kids have something that makes them feel different, in particular kids on the autism spectrum. I have two children on the spectrum, and they've always struggled to fit in with their peers. The older of my two in particular badly WANTS to fit in and be accepted, but recognizes that he's "different" from other kids his age. A story like that can help children like my son understand that it's okay to be different – and sometimes (oftentimes) it's even BETTER to have your own unique differences! I received a complimentary ecopy of this book for review purposes; all opinions are my own.
Maari More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book!! The pictures & format are different from the norm, but then, so is the book! ;) I shared this book with my 8 year old son, & I believe that he enjoyed it at least as much as I did! & the bonus is, he totally received the message!! <3 I bought this book for a few children that I know & will be told about to anyone who listens. 
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
While on safari in Africa with his family, Ray meets Rosie, a pink hippopotamus who speaks to him! Rosie has learned that it's okay to be different. So, when Ray confides that he is different to the other children and that this makes him unhappy, Rosie decides to help him. Ray hops on her back and they take a trip down the river. Along the way, they meet a cast of animal characters, and Ray learns a few valuable lessons. The illustrations by Hilary Ann Love Glass are simple yet perfectly suited to this gentle but powerful story. This is a wonderful book to promote self-awareness and to increase the self-esteem of a child who is not happy with being different. It is especially suited for sharing with a child who has Asperger's syndrome. You'll also find out the meaning of the Swahili word "safari" and how it relates to the story. And the moral: we need to "let go of our fear of being different so we can be happy just being ourselves." An absolute delight. I received this book in return for an honest review.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
A Different Kind of Safari is certainly, like the title suggests, quite different. Ray is a young boy who is on safari with his family, visiting Africa, when he runs into a pink hippo named Rosie. The hippo tells him a few things about herself, like how she always used to cover herself up, and how she wasn’t happy with herself, things that Ray can easily relate to. Ray doesn’t look different, but he is. He has trouble talking to other kids his age. Sometimes he feels lonely and sad. Rosie decides to help him, and together they travel the Mara River, while they search for a way to make Ray happy. Along the way, Ray learns more about the other animals through stories and through meeting them, and at the same time, he learns more about life. This isn’t just a kids book. It is, in fact, a great and inspiring read about a young boy who struggles to be happy – something all, or most of us, can relate to. It’s told through stories with animals in a way that kids can easily understand, but the message is an important one, and not always easy to get across, although this book manages just fine. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, and that alone would make it worth reading. It offers slightly more than other children’s books, providing insight in difficult themes in a light-hearted way instead of just telling a story. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
We received this book to give an honest review. K fell asleep towards the end so I ended up finishing the book myself. I have to say this was a different book than I was expecting it to be and I really can not explain it.  But anyway, we have a young boy name Raymond who falls asleep under a tree in Africa. As he is on his "walkabout" which I love hearing about. He befriends a pink hippo! I know hippos are suppose to be grey and Raymond questions this. Well this pink hippo named Rosie takes him on a journey of teaching him that just because things, animals, or people look different doesn't mean you should treat them differently. Or at least that is what I got from the story. While on his journey with Rosie they meet a crocodile and Raymond is scared because we all know that they are dangerous. But this croc named TLC shares his wisdom and a story of a zebra and how she looked different and was treated differently.  I did enjoy how this book had a lesson within the story. And how Raymond was willing to learn that just because things look different doesn't mean they are.  I do wish there were more pictures involved with this book.  Overall a good story.
kainshottie More than 1 year ago
Everyone is different and similar. That really is the moral of this story. We should not fear what we believe makes others different or be saddened by what makes us different. Instead we should be happy about who we are. The boy Ray in the story is sad because he feels alone. I feel like there is more to it than that, but it isn't really explained what else there is that makes him sad. He falls asleep under the African sun and dreams of a different kind of safari. He meets a pink hippo named Rosie who teaches him that it is ok to be different. She is different from all the grey hippos but she is happy to be who she is. There is a story within the story which is told by an old alligator named TLC. His tale is to teach Ray that you must know what you are afraid of in order to conquer your fear. It's a cute story. The art is simple and explanatory as well. I am not a fan of stories being told inside of other stories simply because they seem to confuse my son. Other than that, it's a great tale.
MotherDaughterBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Inspired by real events, A Different Kind of Safaritakes the reader on a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance through the eyes of a young boy (Ray) on an African safari who meets a pink hippo named Rosie. Rosie is unlike any hippo Ray has ever seen. Aside from her different color, Rosie is able to speak to Ray and to teach him valuable life lessons about accepting one’s differences. The reader learns that Ray is also different from other children his age. He finds talking to other people difficult and prefers to be by himself. Rosie takes Ray on a ride down the Mara River where he learns, literally, to “go with the flow” and where he meets up with a wise old crocodile, TLC (the Tender Loving Crocodile). TLC shares the legend of Eli-zee, the first zebra whose story teaches Ray the importance of knowing what we fear and why we fear it so we can learn to be happy with ourselves regardless of how we perceive our differences from others. This message is close to the lessons I try to teach my own children about the dangers of fear. The underlying messages in this book are so important and I love the “story within the story” approach and seeing how the main character, Ray, ponders the meaning of the story and integrates it into his own experiences and feelings. The book features several colored illustrations which go very well with the accompanying text. I thought they were very well-done and were in a style appropriate to the text (I believe they are done with colored pencils). The text is quite lengthy for a book with this number of illustrations and with no chapters, but I think it would work well as a read-aloud book for older children either in a classroom setting or for homeschoolers as well as a bedtime book. There are several layers to this book as well as significant depth in the underlying messages and lessons. There are many potential points for discussion including Asperger’s syndrome, fear, self-acceptance, tolerance, and more. I highly recommend this great book to children ages 5 to 10.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used this book with children ages 5 - 10 to open their eyes to being themselves and being comfortable and confident in the special person that they are. This book helps children, and the adults reading it with them, to better understand the uniqueness of, and celebrate, their individual traits.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Different Kind of Safari is a heartwarming tail for the whole family.  The message is so touching and something that everyone can learn from.  I can see this book being very beneficial in school and in our homes!.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Different Kind of Safari is a delightful adventure for all to enjoy!! This book 's message reminds us of how unique and different we all are.
missladyjane7 More than 1 year ago
A Different Kind of Safari is truly a different kind of children's book! The beautiful artwork bring a very special story to life and I am excited the book is now available in audio format for an added bonus while driving kids around town! I particularly love the message of the book, which teaches us to celebrate our unique differences through Rosie the Pink Hippo rather than allow them to keep us from exploring our potentials. I highly recommend this book to all parents and special needs educators in particular. Thank you for writing this wonderful story!
annawood More than 1 year ago
A Different Kind of Safari is not only a good book, but a great story! It is not only for caregivers, teachers and parents, but for anyone who has ever felt out of place. A pink hippo named “Rosie” and her friend “Ray” take a journey and explore their similarities and differences on the river of life. Self- acceptance and the acceptance of others is exquisitely conveyed in a fresh, FUN way through this sweet tail. It is a prize for all libraries!