Serengeti: Plains of Grass by Leslie Bulion, illustrated by Becca Stadtlander


Serengeti: Plains of Grass by Leslie Bulion, illustrated by Becca Stadtlander.  Peachtree, 2022.  9781682631911

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review):  4

Format: Hardcover picture book

What did you like about the book?  This engaging and informative picture book presents the Sergenti through a series of connected verses based on the Swahili poetic form utendi, combined with expertly written informative notes that accompany each two page spread. This hybrid approach is perfect as it allows the reader to choose their own adventure. Younger children will enjoy reading the poetic descriptions of the animals and plants who inhabit the Serengeti, while those who are interested in learning more details about the habitat can dive into the information on each page at their own pace. The gouache and pastel illustrations bring the Serengeti alive and they are a feast for the eyes with their bold palettes and varieties of creatures. End pages include a thorough glossary, explanation of the poetic form used to write the verses on each page , a map of the Serengeti’s location, and suggested resources for additional reading. 

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Young readers who are interested in  animals will find this book extremely interesting and informative. Teachers who are conducting research projects for younger students will find the book accessible and useful in the classroom. It also would make a wonderful nonfiction read aloud.

Who should buy this book?  Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it?  J577.48

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? This is an engaging text that many young children would enjoy reading or having read aloud to them. While it isn’t a necessary purchase, it would be a nice addition to your collection.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:  Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review:  July 25, 2022

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