A Different Kind of Safari

Helen C. Hipp 
WithinU Life Coaching (2013)
ISBN: 9780989013406
Reviewed by Evan Weldon (age 12) for Reader Views Kids (06/14)

“A Different Kind of Safari” by Helen C. Hipp is a book about Ray, a boy on a Safari trip in Africa with his family. While Ray is under a tree resting, he hears and then finds Rosie, a pink hippopotamus. Rosie was shunned by her fellow hippos. At first, she tried to blend in, but, realizing it was impossible to do so, Rosie decided to conquer the fear and embarrassment of being different. Ray recognized that he had a lot in common with Rosie. Ray had difficulties in public settings. From Rosie’s example, he was inspired to go on an adventure to be happy with who he is and to celebrate his differences. On the way, he meets some unlikely help in his quest to see the world as it really is and to finally see that being different isn’t a bad thing.

I would recommend “A Different Kind of Safari” by Helen C. Hipp for people who like adventure and inspirational stories. My favorite character was Ray with his everlasting determination to complete his quest for happiness.               

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