Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Safari Journal by Hudson Talbott


ABOUT THE BOOK

Twelve-year-old Carey Monroe has no idea what he's in for when his wacky aunt Elaine drags him along on an African safari. Soon after arriving in Kenya, Carey meets a Maasai man and his son, who open Carey's eyes to the ways of their people and the beauty of the African landscape and wildlife. Their adventures turn suspenseful when they encounter an international poaching ring that trades illegally in rhino horns and elephant tusks.

Explore the world of the Maasai people at Carey's side by reading his journal, filled with his vivid accounts, photographs, and illustrations. Hudson Talbott has created an exciting, informative safari story that will fascinate readers of all ages.


An author's note provides cultural context for Carey's adventures.


REVIEW

I really enjoyed this book. It's fairly short but there is a lot of detail included. The story revolves around Carey Monroe who is on safari ("journey") with his Aunt Elaine. Not only does he get to see and experience the wildlife of Kenja but he also stumbles upon a poaching scheme as well. I loved the combination of journey entries and art and actual photographs, it made the book seem like a real scrapbook type story.  I enjoyed reading about the different animals as well as the Maasai. The Maasai are a fascinating people who are having to adapt to a changing world.  I appreciated the way the author portrayed this and the challenges of changing ideas that have been around for hundreds even thousands of years. And yet, in the long-term, only local involvement will save the animals. The author does a good job of sharing this message without it being heavy-handed or pushy. A great read for animal-loving readers and those fascinated, as I am, by other cultures.

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