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ABC Safari Review by Marla G. Nowak

Karen Lee
Sylvan Dell Publishing
976 Houston Northcutt Blvd. Suite 3
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

ABC Safari is a winner. The musical rhymes and vibrant illustrations make this book so fun you barely notice it's educational too. Each letter of the alphabet is assigned an animal. Descriptions of the animals are delightful. One of my favorites--

"She floats through the bay like a whiskered, gray lump
While grazing on seas grass to keep herself plump.
Her layer of blubber and thick skin will keep
The mild mannered Manatee's beauty down deep."

This large colorful book would interest most two-year-olds and also entertain the older child of seven or eight. The Creative Minds section gives additional information for each animal. Who knew koalas had extra fur on their bottoms to keep themselves comfy while sitting in trees!

If your intent is to teach your child to recognize the ABCs, there are better choices. The alphabet letters are small and, in my opinion, not isolated enough for introducing letters. If however, you purchase this amusing book to supplement letter recognition, you will get an enjoyable book that you will read and re-read to your young child. 

Product review by Marla G. Nowak, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, July 2007