On an Animal Safari by Sian Moore
On an Animal Safari is a lovely alphabet book which also teaches children the collective nouns for groups of animals. A lively rhyming text introduces us to a little girl and her dog who encounter a variety of creatures as they go for a walk. The story ends with them tucked up in bed, thinking about all the marvellous sights they have seen that day.
Gorgeous, child-friendly illustrations, in a gentle palette of nursery colours, reveal a host of adorable animals. The little girl is also very cute; I love her curly auburn hair in its bunches and her dungarees too. The dog is another brilliant character and it looks like he is thoroughly enjoying himself. We see him bounding, bouncing, dancing, climbing under fences, imitating flamingos and later being carried home when his legs get tired.
Sian Moore is a freelance illustrator who lives in Wales with her husband Mike, daughter Eleanor, their dog Amber, and their cat Indiana Jones. This is her second independently published book. The Best Tree was released in 2015 and demonstrates the effects of deforestation on wildlife (10% of profits are donated to the WWF).
My three-year-old and five-year-old enjoyed On an Animal Safari and were interested in the new words the story introduces. There were many that even I hadn't heard before, so I learned a lot myself! This would make a great classroom resource and is ideal for familiarising children with the alphabet and collective nouns in a fun and memorable way. Available from Amazon.
Title: On an Animal Safari
Author & Illustrator: Sian Moore
Publication Date: 13th January 2021 ISBN: 9798584863623