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Book Review: A Virtual Tour of Africa

National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife

National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife

by National Audubon Society

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I purchased this book because several settings in my most recent novel take place in East Africa. A trip there wasn’t in the cards for me, so I had to make do with a variety of virtual tours. This Field Guide proved to be a wonderful resource.

It includes an overview of the continent, color pictures of flora and fauna, and a detailed explanation of each life form. I much appreciated the discussion it provided of the various habitats–the savanna, the Great Rift Valley, Ngorongoro, the Sahara, the Kalahari, and the myriad of other habitats that cover this huge continent.

One of the most valuable parts of this book is the huge selection of color plates on several hundred species living in Africa. They are so detailed, I was able to bring the Gorillas and dik-dik and the other birds, reptiles, mammals that populate my novel to life as rich, full-featured individuals.

I’d recommend this for anyone traveling to Africa or using the continent as a setting in their writing.

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for and TeachHUB, CSG Master Teacher, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blogger, Technology in Education featured blogger, and IMS tech expert. She is  the editor of a K-6 technology curriculumK-8 keyboard curriculumK-6 Digital Citizenship curriculum, creator of technology training books for middle school and ebooks on technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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