Safari Journal: The Adventures in Africa of Carey Monroe

August 24, 2011  By: Gretchen

This children’s book is formatted as the diary of a 12-year-old.  It is educational and filled with adventure.  The format is a bit unusual with photographs, illustrations and handwritten ‘journal entries’.  Carey Monroe has the chance to spend two weeks during summer vacation in Kenya with his aunt.  While there he meets and becomes friends with a Maasai man and his son.

Each animal they see while on safari is presented to the reader with facts, photos and their Swahili name.  Carey joins the Maasai father and son on their drive from Amboseli to the Maasai Mara that takes the three on an unforgettable safari.  During the story, the author also shows how the Maasai are trying to preserve their land and way of life.  The journal entry format is very appealing and enjoyable to read.  The publisher recommends the book for grades 3-6.