The story takes you on an adventure with the animals in Africa. They talk to Ray about all of them having differences and how those make them special. The animals help him to not feel hesitant about his differences and to celebrate them. The different animals present their own point of view and slowly Ray also understands and even befriends quite a few of them.
The book has very beautiful and detailed images that move with the story. The illustrations made me smile and helped me to enjoy the book more with such vivid detailing. The laughing alligator and the beautiful Hippo all make for an interesting read.
The book uses a simple language with a clear storyline to put its point across. It is easy to follow and talks about something which many of us face every day. I enjoyed reading A Different Kind Of Safari and recommend it to my readers.
Being different is good, it can be your strength and this is a different book that proves it right!
I received a free ecopy of this book as part of a MDBR Book Review blast.
About the Book
Title: A Different Kind of Safari | Author: Helen C. Hipp | Publication Date: March 19, 2013 | Publisher: A Different Kind of Safari LLC | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10
Summary: What do you need to feel happy about being different? Based loosely on real life experiences, this heartwarming and powerful book illustrates how self-awareness, and courage help a young boy named Raymond learn the difference between seeing things as they appear to be and seeing things as they are. Feeling “different and lonely” Raymond befriends a hippo while on Safari in Africa. Unlike other grey hippos, this hippo is pink. Ray is soon carried into a world beyond labels and challenging assumptions. You will never guess what happens next!
The Inspiration Behind the Story by Helen Hipp
Inspired by real-life adventure, the story behind the story unfolded when I went on an African safari back in 2001. The trip was led by my father whose dream was to share the safari experience with his family. Little did I know that this trip was going to incite me to write a children’s adventure book but it did.
The storyline made it appearance when my family spotted a pod of hippos and one was pink! My son Ray fourteen at the time immediately named her “Rosie”. Curious and wanting to learn more about this hippo we asked the guide many questions about hippos and hippo behavior. Specifically I wanted to know why the pink hippo stood so far outside of her pod. The familiarity of the guides answer took me by surprise, he explained that “Rosie” was tolerated but not necessarily accepted by the herd because of her differences.
About the Author: Helen C. Hipp
For more information, visit the books official website and to see a picture of the real Rosie the real life pink hippo that inspired this story, go to www.adifferentkindofsafari.com