We All Went on Safari

I am so happy with the book I found for Little Man’s Christmas gift this year; We all Went on Safari, by Laurie Krebs.

The vibrant illustrations feature Masai adults and children as they journey through Tanzania encountering animals along the way. It is a counting book, with each page featuring a child who counts the animals in Swahili. Number nine reads, “We all went on safari, where the treetops intertwine. We met mischievous monkeys, so Doto counted nine.”

The last pages of the book give details on each of the featured animals, the Masai people, Swahili names, facts about Tanzania (with a map), and counting in Swahili.

If you are looking for books featuring African people and culture, this is a great choice.  My kids love it and I enjoy reading it to them.

Have you found books to help your children learn about other cultures? How about books featuring their original countries and cultures?

#741 – 750 giving thanks

waking early to a quiet house

honest reflection

snuggling up on the big chair with Russ – and a cup of coffee

a birthday party invitation for Dimples

a sleepover for Honeybee

a wedding reception Saturday

a baby shower, too

a friend arriving from Seattle tonight

reading to Little Man

library day

utter dependence on Jesus for a calm spirit



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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Julie B.
    February 10, 2012

    Some of our favourites:

    So That's What God Is Like (Leanne Hardy)
    Fly, Eagle, Fly! An African Tale (Christopher Gregorowski)
    The Sound of The Bell (Penny Anderson) – Vietnam
    Seven Spools of Thread (Angela Madearis)
    Akimbo and the Snakes (Alexander McCall Smith) – early chapter books
    Akimbo and the Elephants
    Akimbo and the Lions
    Akimbo and the Crocodile Man

    Blessings and thanks,

  2. Lisa Qualls
    February 10, 2012

    Julie, thank you so much! That is a great list.

  3. tafel
    February 10, 2012

    This is an all time favourite of ours too. You would probably also like Mama Panya's Pancakes, from the same publisher – Barefoot Books. Their titles African Tales, Earth Tales, and Monster Tales are also great. Oh, and Where are you going, Manyoni? by Catherine Stock is an absolutely gorgeous picture book. I'll stop there. 🙂

    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 10, 2012

      More good books! I can see my Amazon cart filling up. I think I'll compile everyone's suggestions into a list on the blog. Thanks so much.

  4. zehlahlum
    February 11, 2012

    This is one of our favorites! Mama Panya's Pancakes is another great one as well. We also like "E is for Ethiopia". And then they're very hard to buy, but your library probably has a copy of "A Family From Ethiopia" (lots of countries) by Julia Waterlow. It's a fabulous and respectful series.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 11, 2012

      Great – thank you! We love "E is for Ethiopia" too. I think I'm going to have to order Mama Panya's Pancakes today.


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