Juma on Safari: a Tanzania Juma Story

Author: Lisa Maria Burgess
Artist: Abdul M. Gugu
Translator: None

Juma and his family drive across Tanzania to visit his grandmother. Now eight years old, he and his young sister, Sareeya, enjoy adventures from Dar es Salaam across to the
plains of the Serengeti. During the journey, they see Mt. Kilimanjaro and encounter an obstinate elephant, a drooling giraffe, and wrestling beetles. The story introduces northern Tanzania and ki-Swahili words for animals. The story is supplemented with a national map of the United Republic of Tanzania, a map of the continent of Africa, and a Swahili language glossary.

Language(s): English, introducing Swahili

ISBN number:  

HC ISBN: 9781939604-071 ($19.95; 32 pages; 8x10 in.)
PB ISBN: 9781939604-033 ($9.99; 32 pages; 8x10 in.)

Publication Date:  August 2013
Interest Level:  Ages 4 to 8 / Grades P to 3
Key Words: Camping, Safari, Animals (elephant,
giraffe, dung beetles), Swahili language, Tanzania, Africa.

A look inside the book.

A look inside the book.

Reviews and Notes from Readers:

Burgess has created a likable narrator in a striking setting not often represented in picture books.
– Kirkus Review.


  • 2015 03-04: Readings in Beijing, China.
  • 2014 03: Launch in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
  • 2013 08:  Launch in Taos, New Mexico.

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