Mr. Biddle's Great African Safari

Children - Educational
34 Pages
Reviewed on 11/12/2016
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Author Biography

While studying and traveling in England and Europe, Anne Mason fell in love with England anything British, especially their love of teddy bears. She always loved to write, but it wasn’t until she became seriously ill with Endometriosis that she made the hobby into a career.

During months of agonizing treatments for endometriosis, Anne was unable to work outside her home. “It took my love for teddy bears and combined it with my love for children which I’m unable to have , and my love of England…to produce Mr. Biddle,” Mason said, “It was the only thing that pulled me through it”

With time on her hands, while looking out the window of her home, she remembered her time in England. Putting together her love of children, who all love teddy bears, her writing ability, and an idea, the delightfully wonderful Mr. Biddle along with all his animal friends in the great big forest they called home came into being….to teach children about some “lessons” of life through a series of books.

In October 2008, Anne experienced even “lessons in life” as a principal actor in the 2009 adventure documentary film, Journey to Everest by Epiphany Productions. On their way to begin their ascent, they were bumped from a plane flight at Lukla airport that inevitably crashed in the mountains. All 18 passengers on board perished. Not to be defeated, she returned to Mount Everest in November 2009, and successfully climbed to Base Camp at an altitude of 17,600 ft.

Now she is focusing on continuing the story of Mr Biddle on the ground.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Melissa Tanaka for Readers' Favorite

Mr. Biddle’s Great African Safari by Anne Mason is simply delightful! Equal parts educational and entertaining, this book follows a stuffed bear by the name of Mr. Biddle as he explores the savanna to bring us a closer look at some of the most incredible and dangerous animals on our planet. This book has everything from leopards to elephants and flamingos to fur seals! In addition, each animal has a detailed description which is filled to the brim with fun facts such as their coloring, diet, and athletic abilities that are sure to spark a child’s natural curiosity of the world around them, and is paired with a beautiful picture of the animal along with Mr. Biddle.

Calling animal lovers and adventurers of all ages! Both my niece and I absolutely loved reading Mr. Biddle’s Great African Safari, and I suspect that it will be making the rounds at another story time in the near future. One thing I really enjoyed about this cute and sweet book was that each animal had a little map of Africa that showed just where exactly that animal could be found. With a continent as large and diverse as Africa, it was incredibly helpful for my niece and me to have a visual representation of different locations. Mason has created a beautiful book that offers insight into the lives of a variety of majestic creatures, transporting readers from wherever they may be to the awe inspiring backdrop of the African continent and the many animals that live there.