Josete y Bongo van de safari
Pre K-2
Thursday, November 24, 2011
by: Hope Crandall

Section: Children's Book Reviews

Fall/Winter 2011

Reviewed by Hope Crandall, Retired Librarian, Washington Elementary School, Woodburn, OR.

Josete is a small boy with a big imagination. It transforms his daily walk into an adventuresome safari replete with obstacles that require careful navigation. At a busy intersection, he sees herds of animals (vehicles). However, he remembers to wait for the red light before he crosses. He enters a dark alley with apes (workers) so he reaches into his backpack for the flashlight. The backpack is full of the tools an adventurer would surely need. For added assurance his perky dog Bongo, mom’s scarf, and dad’s hat bolster his confidence. Just before reaching his destination comes the hardest problem: which delectable pastry to buy from the lioness (proprietress) at the sweets shop? Have you guessed where he arrives at the end? It is school where he cheerfully waves Bongo and the reader goodbye. The small trim size, sturdy paper, clear illustrations, and brief, direct text are appropriate for young children, though the use of all uppercase letters may hinder some beginning readers. Recommended.


Josete y Bongo van de Safari. Marinella Terzi and Rosanna Vicente Terzi. Illus. by Philip Stanton. Madrid: Macmillan, 2010. 32 pp. $16.95 (Hardcover). ISBN 978-84-7942-567-8. Grades PreK-2. Spanish.

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