Seeing this was a children’s picture book, I expected less than 20 pages of very small words that a seven-year-old could easily understand. Fortunately, the 48 pages are filled with beautiful illustrations of each animal.
The animals are pronounced by their correct name and many are not easy to say. I love how the verse is written in a higher vocabulary. This kind of reading to a child can really make them think at a higher level. They realize that you are reading difficult words because you trust that they can understand the words and sentences.
All the animals are beautifully illustrated and many are described in vivid detail as they trek through the African wilderness. I look forward to reading this book to my grandchildren. I long to arouse in them an interest in important things and words and content that are difficult to understand. I really like the book.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Can you spot the leopard? An African Safari
Created by Karen B. Winnick
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group |
Publisher’s Book Synopsis: Can You Spot the Leopard? is author/artist Karen B. Winnick’s latest picture book, an adventurous African safari presented through poems and full color paintings. Readers start at sunrise and climb into a jeep for a bumpy ride to view the wondrous animals as they would on a real safari. All poems are based on real observations of what wildlife do, related in an accessible way. There’s even a sighting of the elusive leopard, before returning to the safari camp under a starry night. There is more information about each animal in the back of the book. A fun, informative, educational adventure to read and re-read.
Ms. Winnick is an animal lover, president of the Los Angeles Zoo Commission, and author of more than a dozen picture books, including Gemina: The Crooked-Neck Giraffe, How Lucky Got His Shoe, and Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers.
KAREN B. WINNICK is the author of more than a dozen children’s picture books, most of which she illustrated. As an animal lover, she is a member of various boards dedicated to animal welfare. She is a graduate of Syracuse University, mother of three adult sons, grandmother of eight and nanny of five puppies.