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ABC Safari
by Karen Lee
Order:  USA  Can
Arbordale, 2007 (2006)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

In ABC Safari, young readers roam through the alphabet along with critters from all over the world, presented in engaging rhyme. Kids will enjoy spotting the khaki-clad boy hidden on every lush, colorful page, along with his parrot. At the back of the book, three pages give brief summations of all the animals included.

It begins: 'He slyly waits in log disguise. / A greedy gleam shines in his eyes, / He'll wait until the moment's right, then Alligator's going to bite.' Some of my personal favorites are the Dolphin, the Gorilla, and the Urial, but readers will pick their own. The alphabet ends with the Zebra of course: 'He's more than a horse with a high fashion flair, / 'cause Zebras don't have to decide what to wear.'

My only reservation about this lively trek through the alphabet is its portrayal of the Wolf as something for 'woman, man, and child' to fear, which seems misleading. Otherwise, the illustrations do a fine job of conveying the creatures' different attributes, the verses are smoothly written, and ABC Safari is altogether fun.

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