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***Safari Journal

The Adventures in Africa of Carey Monroe

by Hudson Talbott

Reviewed September 15, 2003.
Silver Whistle (Harcourt), New York, 2003.  60 pages.

As soon as my 9-year-old son saw this on the pile of new books, he grabbed it and read it all the way through.  As soon as I started it, I also kept reading.

Safari Journal is done in the format of a boy’s journal as he visits Africa with his eccentric aunt.  The writing is handwritten, but quite readable.  There are several photos on every page, mostly of wildlife.  Most of the information is factual about the animals and people of Africa, but it’s told in an interesting way.  The author added in an adventure with poachers, but mostly the story line is what a person might discover when traveling to Africa, at least if he took the time to get to know his Maasai guide.

This book is quick but fascinating reading and will teach you much about Africa and the Maasai people and the problems of conservation.

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