Adventures Around the World series


Explore Africa while traversing Botswana’s lush grasslands and Uganda’s Impenetrable Forest, celebrate the deep-seeded respect for wildlife in India, Mongolia, and on an island off the coast of Iceland, and journey to Australia to explore animals found nowhere else on Earth. The Adventures Around the World series from LEE & LOW BOOKS provides exciting explorations into distinctive cultures in diverse geographic environments and climates.

In this series of six award-winning books, Caldecott Honor winners Ted and Betsy Lewin combine their distinctive artistic styles with captivating text to relate their travel adventures. Readers will delight in these inside views and personal accounts of little-known lifestyles and landscapes.

Each book describes the unique animals the Lewins encounter and their immersion into the local culture and is accompanied by maps, additional environmental and cultural facts, glossary and pronunciation guides, realistic watercolors, and colorful field sketches.


Elephant Quest
Gorilla Walk
Horse Song
Puffling Patrol
Top to Bottom Down Under
Around the World Collection (all 6 titles)

Teaching the Adventures Around the World series:

Balarama teacher's guide

Horse Song teacher's guide

Puffling Patrol teacher's guide

More resources:

How to compare and contrast with the Common Core in fourth grade

Sensational summer read aloud: Balarama

Vanishing Cultures series

Activities and discussion questions to teach about elephants

Ted and Betsy Lewin have been traveling the world together for decades and have chronicled many of their wide-ranging adventures in books for young readers. Between them, the Lewins have illustrated and/or authored about two hundred books, and both have won numerous awards and honors for their work, including Caldecott Medal Honors, ALA Notables, New York Times Best Illustrated Books, and School Library Journal Best Books. In 2015, they were inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. When not teaching, visiting with young fans, or traveling, the Lewins are usually drawing or painting in their Brooklyn, New York, home studios. You can visit Betsy Lewin online at and you can visit Ted Lewin online at

Do you know of more resources educators use to teach the Adventures Around the World series? Are you interested in having Lee & Low Books feature your lesson plan or unit on our Adventures Around the World page? Email us at jeisenberg[at]leeandlow[dot]com.

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