WAY FAR AWAY ON A WILD SAFARI by Jan Peck, illustrated by Valeria Petrone (Simon and Schuster)
A repeating refrain and a wide-eyed rug-rat bearing binoculars follow us on a page-turning tour of the savannah, where wild but friendly animals await us. At the end of the book, we discover that the only trip ur imaginative guide has really taken is to grandmother's house, but the learning is very real! Preschoolers can also visit the rainforest in WAY UP HIGH IN A TALL GREEN TREE and get their scuba on in WAY DOWN DEEP IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA. If you're looking for a new read-aloud adventure after Michael Rosen's and Helen Oxenbury's classic WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT, these are the trips to book. (4 and up)Links are provided for informational use. Don't forget to support your local bookseller.