Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Different Kind of Safari - a bookwrap

Unwrapping quotes of Africa...


Author:  Helen C. Hipp
Illustrator:  Hilary Ann Glass

Unwrapping the illustrations to give you a peek...

In 2001, Helen Hipp went on a safari in Africa, led by her father. She took along her 14 year old son Ray, who had special needs.

One day Ray spots a pod of hippos cooling themselves in the Mara River.  He notices one that is quite unusual standing away from the pod all by herself and she is pink!! He names her Rosie and Rosie has a wonderful life lesson to share with Ray.

Rosie takes it upon herself to connect with Ray and converse with him about being different from your peers.  She enables Raymond to learn the difference between seeing things as they appear to be and seeing things as they really are.  She introduces him to a scary crocodile, who once Ray gets to meets him, finds out he isn't scary at all, but very clever and smart.  Together they listen to a story of Elizee, a horse with stripes who doesn't look like the other horses, and who shares how she overcomes her fear that she too is different from the other animals.

This unique and heartwarming story allows kids to make personal connections with animal characters who are handling similar concerns and challenges with acceptance.

 "A Different Kind of Safari" is a creative book that can be used as a teaching tool for parents, caregivers, teachers, and children who may at some time in their life felt that they were different from those around them.  The colourful illustrations draw you into the story and enrich the text.  I highly recommend this book.

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Born in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1959, Helen is the middle child of five born to Thomas Ludlow Chrystie and Eliza Balis Chrystie. Having an artist as a mother provided Helen with endless opportunities to look at things from different perspectives. Helen’s father, whose work demanded strong problem-solving skills and out-of-the-box thinking, continually kept her on her toes, as well. Helen continued to take advantage of a mindset that centered on creating opportunities out of obstacles, a concept she fostered in her children, one of whom has special needs. 

Helen received her M.A. in counseling and 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. Appointed by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin to the Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities Helen continues to use 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.

Helen has authored articles for Family Works and Washington Family Magazine and has been a contributor as a special needs consultant to FOX44 News in Burlington, Vermont. Her new adventure book, A Different Kind of Safari, combines all the best of Helen’s beliefs in a tale that celebrates differences. This popular children’s book 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.

Hilary Anne Loveglass grew up in Vermont and has been drawing persistently since she was five years old. Her love of children's books has finally landed her the role of illustrator for an amazing story. She is thrilled to be a part of this inspiring project and is looking forward to working on many more. She works out of her studio in Burlington, Vermont. 

Read on and read always!

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