Bibi & Babu in Africa by Bonnie ToewsBibi & Babu in Africa by Bonnie Toews

Bibi & Babu in Africa

byBonnie Toews, John Christiansen

Paperback | August 4, 2015

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Reading with your child or grandchild not only entertains them, it can also strengthen the bonds between you. The BIBI & BABU TRAVEL SERIES take you both on armchair adventures to faraway lands with beautiful photographs and stories as Bibi and Babu mingle with the local people, discover the magic of their customs and folklore, and embrace lives very different from ours.Bibi & Babu are Swahili names for Grandma and Grandpa. When journalist Bonnie Toews and her partner, John Christiansen, a naturalist and landscaper, travel through Central Africa in 2013, their safari guides fondly nick-name them "Bibi" and "Babu. Their African journey is woven so intimately within Bonnie and John that, when they return home, they want to assemble a memory book to share with their grandchildren. As they work on it, however, they come to realize they are not describing another travel guide for tourists but reliving a journey other adults and children can also share and read together. This simple beginning to the BIBI & BABU TRAVEL SERIES also captures their love story. Dedicated caregivers to their spouses, who suffered from long illnesses before they died, Bonnie and John, now in their seventies, soon discover they have much to live for as they join hearts in their sunset years.Volume 1: Bibi & Babu in Africa showcases in color the natural beauty of wildlife on safari in Africa, the realization of John's dream as he becomes the second oldest person to climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, and Bonnie's visit at the Kilimanjaro Orphanage in Pasua, Tanzania.These books are not travel guides for tourists. They are designed for adults and children to share and read together. Ten per cent of the series' royalities are dedicated to designated children's foundations named for each issue.
Title:Bibi & Babu in AfricaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.18 inPublished:August 4, 2015Publisher:Signalman PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1940145465

ISBN - 13:9781940145464


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful adventure into Africa. When Bonnie Toews and John Christiansen decided to take their first holiday to Africa together in their 70’s, the experience was not only amazing, but life changing. I read this book with my Grandsons and before they opened it, the first thing they wanted to know is “Who are Bibi and Babu? Of course I couldn’t tell them, however we soon discovered that they are the Swahili names for Grandma and Grandpa. Sitting together, reading the story, it seemed as if we were sitting with Bibi and Babu, looking at their 2013 Africa holiday album, it was lovely to see so many natural photos. The book starts with an introduction to Africa, and then Bibi and Babu set off for their adventure in Tanzania and Kenya. As we worked our way through the book, the children loved seeing and learning about other children who live a totally different life, on the other side of the world. They were especially fascinated finding out about the Kilimanjaro Orphanage Centre in Pasua, Tanzania and the work which goes on there. Being children who are bought up with animals, seeing the amazing African animals in their natural setting was a part of the book they loved, and I was pleased that it gave me the opportunity to explain how important conservation is for their continued survival. This is a lovely book for children. For me, the most important part of it was that there were no cartoon animals and imaginary places which don’t exist, this couple’s journey was real. By being presented as it is, it makes Africa, it’s peoples and wild life come to life in a believable way, and teaches children, whether they are read it, or read it themselves, the wonders of the real world. Oh, and Babu won the respect of our two little boys, but you’ll have to read the book to find out why!
Date published: 2015-08-22