Today I am reviewing Children’s picture book titled, A Different Kind of Safari by Helen C. Hipp!. More about the author:
Helen Hipp’s experience raising a special needs child led her to an M.A. in clinical psychology and certification as a life coach. She began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families. Helen uses her 13+ years of counseling experience and 20+ years’ experience as a successful advocate for individuals with special needs by helping them reveal their innate ability to solve difficult situations. Her debut book ” A Different Kind of Safari” puts into words the essence of Helen’s teachings addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities.
For more information, visit the books official website and to see a picture of the real Rosie the real life pink hippo that inspired this story, go to www.adifferentkindofsafari.com.
What do you need to feel happy about being different? Based loosely on real life experiences, this heartwarming and powerful book 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. Feeling “different and lonely” Raymond befriends a hippo while on Safari in Africa. Unlike other grey hippos, this hippo is pink. Ray is soon carried into a world beyond labels and challenging assumptions. You will never guess what happens next!
The book cover is interesting. The story begins with Ray sitting under a tree in Africa, while on a safari with his family, looking over at the animals. He then spots a Pink hippo who stands away from other hippos that are grey. Ray instantly relates to the loneliness in the Hippo and to his surprise the hippo, named Rosie, starts talking to him!
Ray asks him how he deals with the fact that he is different from the other hippos. Surprisingly, Rosie is comfortable being different and she tells him how she finally came to terms with that fact. Along the way, comes along a crocodile, who is named TLC which stands for Tender Loving Crocodile!. He is old and wise and he tells a story which makes Ray understand that even if you are different from others, you can accept it, move on and be fearless. This changes his point of view of life itself and he feels immensely happy.
This story has a powerful message that youngsters could find inspiring!. It helps you embrace your true self. At the end of the story, I felt emotional for some reason.. The story gives you hope. Kudos to the author who was able to convey such a strong message through a short story that is only about 30 pages!. I love the illustrations in it. They are simple sketches and it’s simplicity is alluring.
I give this book 5 out of 5 which by Goodreads standards mean ‘it was amazing’!
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Source: I was provided a complimentary ebook copy for review purpose. All opinions are 100% my own.