A Different Kind of Safari by Helen Hipp

Safari cover

A Different Kind of Safari is a unique book, inspired by a once in a life-time trip led by her father to Africa with her 14 year old special needs son Ray. She has created a very effective way to teach children the value of seeing things as they appear compared to how they really are. She presents the issue of being different than other children in a way that children can relate to and understand – how to find happiness in spite of the challenges everyone faces.


Unique Book Helps Children to Value Themselves and Understand Others


In 2001, Helen Hipp went on a safari in Africa. It was a once in a life time dreams come true trip, led by her father. She went with her 14 year old son Ray, who had special needs.


The trip was particularly memorable, especially when one day, Ray spotted a pod of hippos cooling themselves in the Mara River. Standing separate and apart from the others, was one unusual hippo. She was pink! Ray named her Rosie.


They asked their guide, “why does she appear to be separated from the other hippos? Was it because she was different?” His answer surprised them and the experience became the basis and setting for this book.


A Different Kind of Safari is a heartwarming and powerful book that illustrates how self-awareness, and courage help a young boy named Raymond learn the difference between seeing things as they appear to be and seeing things as they are.


The highlights of 2001 trip are retold through the eyes of a young boy named Ray, with beautiful color illustrations by Hilary Ann Love Glass.

I received a copy of this book and it really is a heartwarming story and love that it truly teaches about self-awareness. This really is a Must-Read for children of all ages!  It is especially recommended for children who feel that they are different from their peers. I feel it also shows that it is “Okay to be different.”  

For more information visit: http://www.adifferentkindofsafari.com/

Self Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to facilitate this feature.


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