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Here Is the African Savanna (Web of Life) by…

Here Is the African Savanna (Web of Life)

by Madeleine Dunphy

Other authors: Tom Leonard (Illustrator), Tom Leonard (Illustrator)

Series: Web of Life

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This book uses a lot of repetition. It shows how all the different animals and vegetation on the African savanna are connected and are all part of the circle of life. The book starts with a sentence about zebras eating grass, and then it adds new elements to the sentence on each page. The illustrations can be used to determine what elements are added on the next page because they are always incorporated in the previous illustrations. ( )
  ashleypierce | Nov 10, 2015 |
This is a book about animals of the African Savannah, each page you turn adds a little more to the sentence. Which leads up to a whole rhyming type of paragraph.

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I thought it had good pictures, but it could have talked about each animal a little bit more then just what they do. Although it would be a great book for younger children to learn a little bit about these animals.

Classroom Extension Ideas:

1. You could have a unit over Africa and talk about the African Savannah and the animals in it.
2. Find a movie the kids could watch to show how it really looks like. ( )
  Cindy_22 | Nov 15, 2011 |
This nonfiction book goes through all of the different animals and other sorts of life located in the African Savanna. It is a progressive story. Each turn of the page adds another line that connects what is on the page to what was on the previous page. The end has two informative pages with the scientific names and information about the African Savanna's plants and animals.
I really enjoyed this book because so much can be learned from it! The pictures were very detailed and gave a good idea as to what the African Savanna looks like.
Extension ideas for the classroom can include reading this book to children before a trip to the zoo or to have a unit on animals from different parts of the world and this would let you be able to incorporate Geography into reading.
  bheinen | Apr 18, 2010 |
Here is the African Savanna, is a circular story, written in the same style as “The House That Jack Built”. This story explains the connections between animals and plants living in the in the savanna. This story describes their habitat and ecosystem. A new plant or animal is added to each page and tells of its purpose in the cycle of life on the African Savanna.

The pictures in this story are beautiful in the way they create realism with images of lions, elephants, giraffes, and several more animals. The pacing of the story has a steady flow. I would recommend this story to anyone who has kids that love to look at pictures of animals.

I would read this story to students and then have them to write a short paragraph that describes a savanna. This would be a good book to read to students before going on a field trip to the zoo. Students could also use this book to compare and contrast the environment we live in to that of a savanna. In a geography class this book can be read to students before having them find Africa on a map or globe.
  maxi1 | Oct 24, 2009 |
This book is about the different kind of animals that live in Africa. It also shows children how certain animals go about their lives and survive. For example, the zebra eats grass while the lion stalks it. This example shows some sort of a food chain in some cases. The books shows how hot and dry Africa is because the grass is brown due to the lack of rain and children can actually visualize how it would be if they were there.

I think this book great in illustrations and it describes the animals well. It talks about the zebras, lions, birds, elephants, rhinos, and giraffes. If I were to read this book to my niece she would love it because of all the animals.

In a classroom, we could use some of our geography skills and pull out a map and show the children where Africa is and calculate how far it is. Also, the children could pick different animals of Africa and write facts about them.
  eal_04 | Oct 19, 2009 |
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Exotic environments like the African savanna have long held a fascination for young readers. This colorful picture book beautifully evokes that realm with images of giraffes, lions, hippos, elephants, and many more animals of the plains. Through cumulative, singsong verse, young readers learn how all living things in this important ecological community rely on one another for their existence. The book brings home the important lesson that when one of these animals or plants is killed off or goes extinct, the web of life is broken. Luminous paintings by Tom Leonard capture the untamed beauty of this timeless, endangered realm.

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Cumulative text describes the interdependence among the plants and animals of an African savanna.

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