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African Animal Alphabet

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Antelopes leap! Elephants roam! Lions stalk and zebras gallop! Wild creatures from all over the African continent scamper through the pages of this delightful book, giving beginning readers a fascinating way to learn the alphabet while discovering some of their favorite animals. Award-winning filmmakers and photographers Dereck and Beverly Joubert bring their vivid images ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by National Geographic Children's Books
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David
Mar 09, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
African Animal Alphabet by Beverly Joubert, illustrated by Dereck Joubert, features both well and lesser known animals in an alphabet format, with information about each one. The book includes an introduction, Africa map showing habitats, Animal Facts pages, Did you know features, a glossary, and page of book sources and websites. Lesser known animals featured include Dung beetles, Impala, Kudu, Nile crocodiles, Tsessebe, Umbrette, Vervet monkey, Xenopus bullfrog, and Yellow-billed hornbill.

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Lauren Rhodes
Apr 26, 2015 Lauren Rhodes rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Literature Requirement #24 Picture Book Concept Book

Award Winning photographers and film makers Beverly and Dereck Joubert take the reader through an African safari and subsequently the alphabet. There are lovely vibrant and graphic pictures of animals that make it seem like you have taken the safari trip along with them. The book has lovely text features including short and sweet did you know facts about each animal, a map of Africa perfect for blowing up and taking the safari adventure along a
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Doren Damico
May 17, 2016 Doren Damico rated it really liked it
This ABC book utilizes the same smart design features as Ocean Counting that make it valuable for ongoing enjoyment and exploration. The authors use alliteration to present several wonderful vocabulary words for each letter, along with interesting facts.

When reading this book with one of my 4 year old private coaching students, we had a stimulating discussion. She was intrigued by the 4 different antelopes that she had categorized as “deer.” (I learned there are 72 species of antelopes on the co
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Cemeread
Jun 20, 2014 Cemeread rated it really liked it
Shelves: ch-non-fiction
A map of Africa with a key is included just before the introduction. Very similar to the counting book in the same series so it can be used on many levels. Did you know? boxes with an additional, interesting fact sentence. In this title the letter and the animal representing it are highlighted in a different color and larger font. I do wish the lower case letter had been used instead of upper case since children will see more lower case in print. The photographs are just a good as those in the ...more
Jenilyn Willis
I thought this was a great informational book for children. Each letter of the alphabet was represented by a different animal from Africa, but there were lots of other cool things about it too. It also dealt with sounds; for example, on the cheetah page there were a few words that started out with the "ch" sound. It would be good to have children pick out the words on each page that start with the same sound. I also liked the little "did you know" questions on each page, and the extra ...more
Dona
Feb 04, 2012 Dona rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture
African Animal Alphabet is a really great book. The photos are fantastic. There is the expected, "A is for Antelope, B is for Baboon" with simple explanations about the animals but there is also an interesting fact about each animal. "Did you know? An ostrich's eye is 2 inches (5 centimeters) across. It has the largest eyes of any land animal." Children will LOVE this book and so will parents.
Barb Keister
May 25, 2013 Barb Keister rated it really liked it
Informational book with fascinating photographs and interesting "Did you know?" facts on each page. Lots of great text features for using as a mentor text for primary students. Nice balance of familiar animals as well as more obscure ones. What exactly is a tsessebe?
Karen Arendt
Jun 18, 2013 Karen Arendt rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous photographs give close up pictures of African animals. Each page includes a did you know question. Glossary and additional information included.
Amanda_DJ n' Zac
Oct 24, 2012 Amanda_DJ n' Zac rated it it was amazing
Both the boys were all into the animals.. an then we watched Animals United an DJ was yelling out what the african animals were named. lol
Sharon
Aug 16, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it
Tommy selected this book in his last batch from the 2012-13 school year. We've read it a couple of times, but it has gotten lost in the shuffle.
Vilo
Aug 09, 2014 Vilo rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, science, abc
Beautiful photographs of African animals that my students were highly motivated to read with me. It was a fabulous introduction to the new African safari exhibit at our local zoo.
Laura Haske
Aug 01, 2014 Laura Haske rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
This is on the longer side for an alphabet book, so it's probably best suited to an older toddler. It has fun facts about each of the animals and uses a lot of new vocabulary.
Jill
Jun 09, 2014 Jill rated it it was amazing
An excellent book for first graders when learning about animals from Africa. We read a couple pages each day.
Tanya (mom's small victories)
My animal lover in elementary school liked this book because it taught him "new animals he didn't know before and the letter it starts with".
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Love the National Geographic photos that make this alphabet book stand out.
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Pretty pictures, science, ABC's and some alliteration.
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Beverly Joubert was born in South Africa in 1957. She began her career in photography in Botswana's famous Savute region where she and her husband, film director Dereck Joubert, started making natural history films.
Beverly's work has appeared in many issues of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazines, including the cover story ''Lion of Darkness''. Her work has also been published in over a hundred magazines
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