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We All Went on Safari

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  523 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Join a group of friends as they set out on a counting journey through the grasslands of Tanzania. Along the way, the children encounter all sorts of animals including elephants, lions and monkeys, while counting from one to ten in both English and Swahili. The lively, rhyming text is accompanied by an illustrated guide to counting in Swahili, a map, notes about each of the ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Barefoot Books Ltd (first published February 1st 2003)
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Jim Gorman
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Read this to the boy last night. We were given this by my in-laws after they came back from a service trip to Africa a few years back. They said that the part of Tanzania they were in was exactly like this. We really enjoyed the book. You get to learn the names of the animals in Swahili and how to count as well. I really like it because it exposes us to a new culture. Like the books of Ezra Jack Keats, it shows us that we are different, but all have stories to tell. I really want to get more ...more
Unlike most picture books, this has lots of back matter. That tells about the people in Tanzania, some geography of the country, some culture of the people, and oh yes, how to count to ten in Swahili. The picture book itself is a nice little counting story. However, along with the familiar mathematical numerals, the book has the kids counting in Swahili. The story takes a bunch of kids and their teachers through a day wandering the Serengeti and other Tanzanian locales counting the various ...more
Helen Byrne
This is a factual book which uses the journey of children on safari in Tanzania to teach counting to ten in Swahili and to teach about the different animals encountered in Africa. There is rhyming text as the children go on safari seeing different African animals and counting to ten in Swahili. For example, “We all went on safari, Past an old acacia tree, Nearby giraffes were grazing, So Tumpe counted three”. There are also facts about Tanzania and the Maasai people at the back of the book and ...more
Emily Hughes
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
We All Went on Safari is a story about a group of friends who go on a counting safari through the Serengeti in Tanzania. As you join them on their journey in this beautiful picture book, you encounter various animals that live there. Each child in the story counts the animals in English but you get to learn the numbers in Swahili too. At the end of the story there is a wonderfully presented map, pronunciation guide and facts about Tanzania and the Maasai people. It also teaches you the names of ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
A unique, enriching picture book for children who are learning the numbers 1-10; especially effective in the EYFS.

This is a rather unique counting book, for the learning opportunities are numerous! Laurie Krebs has skilfully interwoven concepts of ethnicity, geography, biology and foreign language in a story principally about number; and it does not end there, since it is written in rhyme and richly illustrated. Krebs takes the young reader on safari through Tanzania with the Maasai people, each
A.E. Curzon
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. We All Went on Safari is a counting picture book for young children, which also teaches them how to count to ten in another language – Swahili! It is tremendous fun, and after all, since the Maasai people are globally known; what better way of introducing young children to them and their culture than with a beautifully produced book such as this.
A group of Maasai women and children, accompanied by a Maasai warrior, take themselves on a short safari across the
Sep 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Grade Level-PreK-2nd
Genre-Number Book

Through this book, students are taken on a safari through the grasslands of Tanzania as they spot animals: one leopard, two ostriches, etc. The book also includes how to say each number in Swahili. The book has repetitive lines so that students could join in while reading it.

Activity 1: Students could compare and contrast with a Venn diagram Tanzanian culture to their own. From the pictures in the book, students can learn quite a bit about Tanzania
So far, I can count up to 6 in Swahili, by memory, with the help of my almost 5 year old, who's memory is much better than mine. He really enjoys learning about other languages, so this book has been fun. We've been doing a homeschooling unit on Africa and this has been the favorite book on Africa. Hopefully after reading it a few more times we'll have memorized up to ten.
I like that at the end it also includes a pronunciation guide, the Swahili names
Jess Brown
Super fun book featuring the animals of Tanzania (wildebeests, warthogs!), all the while teaching us how to count to ten in Swahili. Used it with a first grade class today, and they loved it! Not only did they meet some new animals, but they also learned how to count in Swahili (they thought it was pretty cool). I could see it being useful for preschoolers through first grade (too much older, and there isn't enough "stuff" in it).
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great illustrations and a nice counting book where each page a different animal from Tanzania is counted in Swahili (and English). My four year old has wanted me to read this to her nearly every day for 3 weeks now. She loves it. It also has a map of Tanzania, facts about Tanzania, the animals, and the Masai people at the back of the book. My favorite art site, Deep Space Sparkle, also has a great art lesson connected to this book.
Nichole Haselhuhn
We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania
Krebs, Laurie

Bookshelves: conventions-trait, ideas-trait, informational-text, organization-trait, picture-books, sentence-fluency-trait, word-choice-trait
Read: November 2017

Rating: 3.5

Description: A group of friends embark on an exciting safari journey and encounter many animals along the way, counting them through the grasslands, ancient craters, and lakes along the Serengeti of Tanzania.

Genre Specific Characteristics: Story with a plot
Rebecca Janda

This book is about friends taking a journey through the grasslands of Tanzania. Throughout the trip the children come into counter with an assortment of animals such as: one leopard, two ostriches, lions, monkeys, elephants, etc. as they are counting from one to ten in two languages: English and Swahili.

This book is an terrific "good reads book" because it is a multicultural book , and contains a beautiful illustrated guide to count in Swahili, notes about each animal, a map, and information
Luisa Knight
What a fun way to learn your numbers, or if you're feeling more adventuresome, to learn your Swahili numbers! Each page has a different animal - can you spot them all? Bright pictures throughout and the end includes some information about the people and animals of the area.

Ages: 3 - 6

Cleanliness: women and children dressed in traditional costume shows some topless and one exposed behind - it is not detailed at all and likely to be missed by kids.

#geography #africa #tanzania

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Ann Marie Olson
Grade level: Kindergarten read aloud or 1st/2nd grade independent or partner reading

This is a story about a group of kids that go on a safari through Tanzania and find and count all sorts of animals, such as ostriches, leopards, giraffes, warthogs, etc. This book is a good way to talk about diversity and how other cultures and languages are different than ours. The book counts in both English and Swahili. I could cover up the number at the bottom of the page and have my students count the
The illustrations are indeed beautiful, and I loved the amount of information the book provides. In addition to a lilting rhyme scheme as the friends go on safari and see animals, there is a pronunciation guide for the numbers and names, along with meanings given for the Swahili names, a map of Tanzania, information about Tanzania and about the Maasai, and names of the animals seen on the safari in Swahili AND kid-friendly blurbs about the animals. Wow. OH, and apparently some of the proceeds go ...more
Safia Munir
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We All Went On Safari
by Laurie Krebs & Julia Cairns

This story is about Arusha, Mosi and Tumpe who set out on a counting journey through the grasslands of Tanzania, with their Maasai friends. They meet many different animals throughout their journey. They learn to count to 10 along the way in English and Swahili.

This book is most probably ideal to read aloud to younger children aged 3-5 years. It is very descriptive and uses rhyming. The book includes a map and interesting notes about
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: African story requests
I have had a lot of success with this book at Toddler programs. Now I have found a Swahili Counting Song on Literacy in Motion and Ella Jenkins' Going on Safari to use with it.

Used for Celebrate Africa Story Time and Black History class visit. 2/7/14

A girl chose this at PJ Story Time and we counted with Ella and did 'Going on Safari' on her Jambo CD. 2/23/15

Used for my African Story Time since I had a bunch of toddlers. One girl liked repeating the African numbers. 2/23/16

Mostly babies at
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
A wonderful new counting book takes readers on a journey through Tanzania, learning about the animals that live there and some names that are given to the children by the Masaai natives who live there. Beautiful and colorful illustrations are painted in bright primary colors with children walking along 'on safari' as they observe the animals on the journey. The backmatter is extensive, offering a short piece about the Maasai people, more Swahili words like the animal names along with the meaning ...more
A counting book that covers numbers 1-10 using African animals and teaches readers the Swahilinames for the numbers. Rhyming text and watercolor illustrations make this a great read aloud.

Back matter includes information on the animals featured in the story, a section about the Maasai people of Tanzania, pronunciation guides and background information on Swahili names, facts about tanzania, a map of the country, and a review of the numbers 1-10 and a pronunciation guide.

A great mulit-cultural
Maddie Scheer
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Personal: I thought this was a great book. It really serves for diversity and would be a great read for students who don't know much about the African landscape. I also loved how each page featured counting numbers.

Purpose: This would be a great book for a pre-kindergarten/kindergarten read aloud and then possibly a late kindergarten independent reading. It incorporates a lot of things throughout it, like counting and even African culture. It would be a great book for diversity while still
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
When sharing this you can play "I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE" something that (give clues and let children guess). Of course it's easy to guess because the animals are right there in the illustration, but children love playing along and it's a great opportunity to throw out some vocabulary for them to catch.


Even without playing I SPY, there's lots of vocabulary
Oct 31, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: toddlers learning to count, teachers, parents interested in diversity + multiculturalism
Recommended to Melissa by: self
We All Went on Safari offers up a quatrain per spread, narrating the landscape and animal sightings of a group of Maasai on their journey. This culturally rich, educational book will appeal to kids learning about animals with its abab rhyme scheme and fun illustrations. The back matter contains very important, useful references about Tanzania and the Swahili language, including descriptions of its animals, the Maasai people, Swahili names and their meanings, as well as country facts and a map. ...more
Mattie Troyer
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book it was very interesting and educational. Most kids probably wouldn't want to read a book that is described as educational because they may feel that it will be boring then. this book is the opposite! You don't even know that you are doing work! In this book you learn how to count in Swahili and also learn about animals all over Africa! This is a great book that focuses on other cultures other than our own and is great for young children. I believe a lot of kids would have fun ...more
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We All Went on Safari. A Counting Journey through Tanzania.
This book explores the African country Tanzania and the Maasai people. A group of Maasai children and a Maasai warrior go on an adventure through the grasslands and discover lots of animals in their habitat who they count along the way. Not only does this book boast diversity as it teaches children how to count in Swahili, it also celebrates culture and diversity.
Feb 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a very colorful book which introduces Kiswahili counting as a group of young people walk through the Tanzanian landscape. It is fun to look at, as the plot is conveyed mainly through the pictures. This book would appeal to very young children who are introduced to the environment portrayed in the pictures. Older children might enjoy using this to learn Kiswahili counting. My eight year old learned her first Kiswahili words with this book.
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: boy-age-2
Gorgeous book. By the end I was able to count to ten in Swahili and B was able to pronounce each number. The colors are vibrant and the pictures are fun to look at. I like the refrain "We al went on safari" and then there is a descriptor or two about the environment of the animal and the temperament of the animal and then a different child with a Kiswahili name points and the animal and declares how many there are. B and I both loved it! Thanks Julie and Chad!
A wonderful story about a group that is going on safari and come upon different animals. They count them each time and the lines all rhyme. In the back there are multiple pages with pronunciations for names used, counting in Swahili, and an explanation of the people in Tanzania. It could be done with a felt set with the different animals and the number they represent in the book.great for story time.
Used story time 7/2011 good
Feb 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
A group of Maasai people travel through the Tanzanian grasslands and see one leopard, two ostriches, and so on up to ten elephants. Lovely illustrations glowing with African warmth, and extra details that bump it up a notch for slightly older children - numbers up to ten in Swahili, and background information about the Maasai, Swahili names and the different animals. The only thing that stopped me giving this five stars was the rhyming text, which is a little clumsy.
Megan Hornberger
Wonderful! This book is would be great to use in storytime or in a classroom as a multicultural, bilingual resource book. It has counting in English and Swahili, tells you about the landscape, about the animals, and presents you with Swahili names. Very cool!
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is one book I don't tire of reading to my toddler. This book teaches counting in Swahili as well as facts about Tanzania and its culture and people. The artwork is amazing!
As always, you can find this and all other Barefoot Books on my website.
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