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A Different Kind of Safari

A Different Kind of Safari

A Different Kind of Safari, by Helen C. Hipp, appears to be a light easy read. But when you think about its message, it isn’t so light after all.  Ray is shy, lonely and has a hard time talking to other people. He is unhappy because he feels different. However, when he goes on his safari, he learned that being different is okay. And he learned not to judge people or animals by their looks, but rather to get to know them first. This is a great lesson in any society and for both the young and not-so-young.

A Different Kind of Safari

I found the format of the text and the pictures a little unusual. It doesn’t fit either the “standard” picture book or chapter book formats. However, it made me wonder whether that decision  was intentional, to match the subject of the book. Younger children may need an adult to help them reach the deeper meaning of the book. Nevertheless, this book is excellent for both teaching and entertaining.

Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy by Teddy O’Malley

Destiny and Faith Go to Twincentric Academy

Destiny and Faith Go to Twincentric Academy by Teddy O’Malley is the first book in the Destiny and Faith series. The biracial twins are to start the second grade at a school designed for twins. They meet teachers and other students Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy!who are twins. During the year Destiny and Faith become friends with Hope and Grace, who are Japanese, and regularly argue with each other. When Grace suggests that the girls swap clothes and become each other’s twin, it starts a new trend at the school of twin and clothes swapping. Another set of twins Jourdonna and Jordana are the jealous girls in class and upset that Destiny and Faith are getting more attention.

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The Trees Have Hearts by Mrs. D.

 The Trees Have Hearts

Any adult or child who has felt the pain of leaving friends behind when moving will relate to The Trees Have Hearts by Mrs. D. The little girl moved from another country and doesn’t speak English. Her sadness lifted when she played in the garden and made friends with the trees and the Old Wind.