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BLAST Elementary Thematic Program
Safari & Big Cats

(October and November 2010)

 

Wild Safari

Recommended for grades K-2

Grab your binoculars, fill up your canteen and join BLAST on a wild safari! We will explore the amazing animals of Africa through stories and informational books. Prepare to come face-to-face with some of the world's largest, fastest and most ferocious creatures. We'll even learn a little Swahili before returning to Pittsburgh!

Fiction and Informational Books:

We All Went on Safari

Krebs, Laurie
We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey through Tanzania

Masai children and adults take a trek across Tanzania and count the animals and trees they find. Contains a full-color map of Tanzania and facts about the Masai people.

 
How the Elephant Got It's Trunk

Richards, Jean
How the Elephant Got Its Trunk

Because of his curiosity about what the crocodile has for dinner, a little elephant and all elephants thereafter have long trunks. A retelling of the Rudyard Kipling Tale.

 
Hidden Hippo

Gannij, Joan
Hidden Hippo

Enjoy a tour of the plains and rivers of Africa as you seek out the hippo.

 
A Zebra's World

Arnold, Caroline
A Zebra's World

Follow the black and white stripes of a baby zebra and discover what happens in a zebra's world.

A Giraffe Grows Up

Tourville, Amanda Doering
A Giraffe Grows Up

Examines a giraffe from infancy to adulthood.

A Hippopotamus Grows Up

Suen, Anastasia
A Hippopotamus Grows Up

Explains the life cycle of the hippopotamus.

A Lion Grows Up

Suen, Anastasia
A Lion Grows Up

Explains the life cycle of the lion.

 
 

Ferocious Felines

Recommended for grades 3-5

Informational books with vivid pictures will transport us to a world of paws and claws as we discover ferocious felines from around the world! These big cats are as different as the regions and climates they live in. Of course, cats will be cats and we may catch a few laying around for an afternoon nap. But just wait until you see what they can do when they're awake!  

Fiction and Informational Books:

Face to Face with Leopards

Joubert, Beverly & Dereck
Face to Face with Leopards

Have you ever been face to face with a leopard? Beverly and Dereck Joubert have. They've known one leopard since she was eight days old. And even though these clever cats are masters of camouflage, Beverly and Dereck always know where to find her.

 
Face to Face with Cheetahs

Johns, Chris
Face to Face with Cheetahs

Have you ever been face to face with a cheetah? Chris Johns has. He has tracked a family of cheetahs for months across the blazing hot savanna. And then he sat in awe as one of the cubs actually came up and licked his hand - with a tongue as rough as sandpaper. Chris's close-up photographs let you see these cats as you've never seen them before. And he tells you what you can do to save cheetahs - the most endangered cats on Earth.

 
Face to Face with Lions

Joubert, Beverly & Dereck
Face to Face with Lions

Beverly and Dereck Joubert have faced down a lion who charged at them, watched in awe as hungry lionesses attacked a hulking buffalo, and laughed as a frisky lion cub learned to hunt by leaping on it's mother's head or ambushing her ear. Beverly's graphic and moving photographs and Dereck's exciting stories convey their love of these magnificent animals and this haunting landscape, and they will make you love them as well.

 
Lynx

Barrett, Jalma
Lynx

Describes the lynx and its natural habitat, including physical traits, social life, survival instincts, birth and development, and interaction with humans.

Bengal Tiger

Spilsbury, Richard
Animals Under Threat: Bengal Tiger

Discusses the plight of Bengal tigers and why they are near extinction, as well as some of the ways humans can help.

Cougars

Stone, Lynn M.
Cougars

Describes the life cycle, habits, and endangered status of the animal known as the cougar, mountain lion, puma, or panther.