Can You Spot the Leopard? --Review & Giveaway of a Beautiful Picture Book about African Animals


Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am working with The Children's Book Review and Karen B. Winnick for this blog tour and will receive a small stipend for this post. All opinions are my own.

Do you know an animal lover? Or perhaps you have a unit coming up on Africa and its animals? I have a beautiful new book to share with you that is perfect for both!! It is Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari by Karen B. Winnick. This is the type of book Hazel would have loved when she was younger. 

From the Publisher:

Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari Created by Karen B. Winnick

Ages 7+ | 48 Pages | Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group  
ISBN-13: 978-1626349759

Publisher’s Book Synopsis: Can You Spot the Leopard? is author/artist Karen B. Winnick’s newest picture book, an adventuresome African safari presented through poems and full-color paintings. Readers begin at sunrise, climbing into a jeep for a bumpy ride to view the wondrous animals as they would on a real safari. All the poems are based on real observations of what animals do in the wild, related in an accessible way. There’s even a sighting, finally, of the elusive leopard, before returning to safari camp under a starry night. At the back of the book, further information is related about each animal. A fun, informational, educational adventure to read and reread.

Ms. Winnick is an animal enthusiast, president of the Los Angeles Zoo Commission, and author of more than a dozen picture books, including Gemina: The Crooked-Neck Giraffe, How Lucky Got His Shoe, and Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers.



KAREN B. WINNICK is the author of more than a dozen picture books for children, most of which she illustrated. An animal lover, she serves on several boards devoted to the well-being of animals. She’s a graduate of Syracuse University, mother of three grown sons, grandmother of eight, and minder of five pups.

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From Me:

This book is absolutely beautiful! The paintings are so wonderfully done. They take you right to the savannah. The details are wonderful on the animals. The poems are about the activities the animals actually do. There is actually quite a bit of information given about the animals. At the end of the book there are blurbs about each of the animals featured in the book as well. This book is perfect for any African animal unit in lower grades or just to read with a child. 

The book takes us through a day of a safari. It shares the various animals and what they are doing that may be seen. It begins with sunrise and ends in the dark of night. It has many animals beginning with a family favorite--flamingos. It has storks and a newborn gazelle. It also talks about zebras, gazelles, wildebeests, ostriches, elephants, giraffe, cheetahs, rhinos, egrets, topi, meerkats, hippos, and more. Honestly reading this book reminded me of the days of us watching The Wild Kratts. As you can see this book brings so much of these animals alive for kids in a sweet way. The paintings are sweet, and the words are fun. The animals are full of action from hunting to hiding and so much more. I absolutely love this book and hope you will check it out. I know animal lovers will appreciate it as will anyone who just wants to share a beautiful picture book with a child or more that they love. 

There are so many crafts one could do with this book. A fun thing would be to knit the safari for kids to act out the book.  Of course, there are many safari animal crafts floating around. Here are some that we have shared in the past.
6) Flamingo Crafts (there are many more flamingo crafts and activities as well)
11) Elephant Crafts


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  • A signed copy of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari