Eye on the Wild: Orangutan


High in the trees of the rainforest in Sumatra, a baby orangutan is born. Follow her from birth to adulthood, as she learns to look after herself. See her eating her first solid food — mashed fruit, learning to climb, and relaxing ...
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High in the trees of the rainforest in Sumatra, a baby orangutan is born. Follow her from birth to adulthood, as she learns to look after herself. See her eating her first solid food — mashed fruit, learning to climb, and relaxing in the "nest." She will stay with her mom, learning how to survive in the forest, until she is five years old.

Also available in the Eye on the Wild series:

Brown Bear
Sea Otter

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A baby orangutan accompanies her mother throughout the Sumatran rainforest in this addition to the Eye on the Wild series. Eszterhas’s vivid photographs chronicle the orangutan’s early life as her mother teaches her to find fresh leaves, fruit, and bugs, as well as climb and swing from the trees. The text strikes a gentle balance between light anthropomorphism (“It’s a bit scary at first without Mom but she remembers all the things Mom has taught her about living in the forest”), and factual details about the species. Readers should be fascinated by the orangutans’ supple movements as they travel the jungle canopy and may observe how their interactions are not so different from the tenderness shared between a human mother and child. Available simultaneously: Sea Otter. Ages 4–up. (Apr.)
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"She is so weak she can barely raise her head. But her little fingers are very strong and she will use them to cling to her mum’s long red fur. The orangutan mum holds her baby close, to keep her safe and warm in the wet jungle." — from the book
Kirkus Reviews
Laying on the cute with a shovel, Eszterhas tracks an orangutan from birth to maturity in photos and anthropomorphic commentary. Clambering over her distracted mother and often looking directly out at viewers, the hairy little imp shows plenty of personality as she suckles, learns to feed herself and gradually releases her tight hold on her parent's long red hair. Though the big, clear photos are all taken in the wild, the author's narrative frequently uses simile and metaphor to draw parallels with human behaviors with lines like "Mom is like an acrobat and uses her long arms to swing from branch to branch," and "On the baby orangutan's first birthday climbing lessons begin." The young primate ultimately becomes independent ("she loves to hang out with friends"), but when she finally has a baby of her own, she will introduce it "to her mother--Grandma orangutan." Eszterhas uses the same approach in the simultaneously publishing Sea Otter, but with less of the "awww, gee" factor since the mother and baby otters are so intertwined in the photos they're hard to tell apart. Both volumes end with fact pages. Both also feature jacket flaps that partially cover stunning endpaper photographs. Long on visual appeal, but the connections between animal and human behavior are too tightly drawn. (Informational picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847803160
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Series: Eye on the Wild Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 900,925
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

California-based wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas spends nine months of the year photographing a wide variety of wildlife in the field. In recent years, she has specialized in documenting family life and has become well known for her unprecedented work with newborn animals. Although Eszterhas works primarily in Africa, she has undertaken commissions and led instructional photography tours and workshops everywhere from Antarctica and the Arctic to Alaska and Montana.
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