Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari Book Giveaway
ABOUT THE BOOK
Created by Karen B. Winnick
Ages 7+ | 48 Pages
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group | ISBN-13: 978-1626349759
Publisher’s Book Synopsis: Can You Spot the Leopard? is author/artist Karen B. Winnick’s newest picture book, an adventuresome African safari presented through poems and full-color paintings. Readers begin at sunrise, climbing into a jeep for a bumpy ride to view the wondrous animals as they would on a real safari. All the poems are based on real observations of what animals do in the wild, related in an accessible way. There’s even a sighting, finally, of the elusive leopard, before returning to safari camp under a starry night. At the back of the book, further information is related about each animal. A fun, informational, educational adventure to read and reread.
Ms. Winnick is an animal enthusiast, president of the Los Angeles Zoo Commission, and author of more than a dozen picture books, including Gemina: The Crooked-Neck Giraffe, How Lucky Got His Shoe, and Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers.
Colorful paintings illustrate the poems about African wildlife in this beautiful book. Readers are taken on a safari past a lake full of flamingos, herds of gazelles, elephants playing in the mud, and other amazing sights. Sometimes the text asks questions to make the reader stop and ponder. “Does a zebra foal know its mother from the pattern of her stripes?” On other pages it might describe a crocodile as “an old, warped barge” or a black rhino as “a stalled armored truck.” The poems capture the appearance or behaviors of each animal included in the book. The illustrations show details of coloration, activity, and habitat for a guinea hen and her chicks rushing through the grass, a lion lazing on a rock ledge, or meerkats sprawled in the sun. As the light fades the solitary leopard emerges from the shadows, “a prowler in the dark.” This book would make a wonderful present for a child who is fascinated by animals. The images and careful word choice create an enjoyable exploration of faraway fauna. It would also be a good mentor text to use in the classroom when studying poetry, or looking at ways to present information other than a straight recitation of facts.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
KAREN B. WINNICK is the author of more than a dozen picture books for children, most of which she illustrated. An animal lover, she serves on several boards devoted to the well-being of animals. She’s a graduate of Syracuse University, mother of three grown sons, grandmother of eight, and minder of five pups.
For more visit, karenbwinnick.com.