Face to Face With Orangutans

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That look in her eye is so human. She cradles her baby in her arms with such pride and tenderness. She interacts with family and peers in a way that suggests deep kinship, friendship, and trust. Meet the orangutan of Borneo in her natural habitat through the amazing adventures of National Geographic photographer Tim Laman and his wife, Harvard professor Cheryl Knott; and learn clearly the threats that now face this incredible primate.
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That look in her eye is so human. She cradles her baby in her arms with such pride and tenderness. She interacts with family and peers in a way that suggests deep kinship, friendship, and trust. Meet the orangutan of Borneo in her natural habitat through the amazing adventures of National Geographic photographer Tim Laman and his wife, Harvard professor Cheryl Knott; and learn clearly the threats that now face this incredible primate.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
This nonfiction text in the National Geographic "Face to Face" series is written by a researcher and a photographer who have studied the behavior of orangutans in the rain forests of Borneo, Indonesia. The author writes in an engaging style about their experiences and what they learned about orangutans as they lived and worked in the forests for several years. We find out about the lives of orangutans including their social behaviors, such as how they sometimes form little gangs that roam from place to place. Realistic viewpoints are presented about the need to preserve the rain forests and why illegal logging must be stopped. It explains how the reader can help prevent destruction of these forests and lists some further things to do to learn about these animals. The large photographs of the animals in their natural habitat are outstanding. Each photo has a sidebar explaining details about the picture. The text contains a "facts at a glance" reference section, a scientific experiment, a glossary, and a "find out more" section. The book is a great resource for information and is interesting to read. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
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Gr 4–6—Two handsome series entries by two husband-and-wife teams of researchers/photographers. Both books are lavishly illustrated with outstanding color photos. Orangutans pulls readers headlong into the disappearing jungles of Borneo as the authors track these large but elusive primates, offering excellent data along the way. Wild Horses enters the world of the mustang of the American West and engages readers not only in the story of a young foal, but also in equine global distribution and the role of the Bureau of Land Management in mustang survival. Each book offers sections on "How You Can Help," "It's Your Turn," "Facts at a Glance," and a fascinating column of "Research and Photographic Notes." Intensely personal and informative, with eye-arresting covers, these attractive titles invite readers to walk companionably with specialists hard at work in the wild.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426304644
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Series: Face to Face with Animals Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 573,085
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

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    Do you know where orangutans live?

    Do you know what kind of animal King Louie on Walt Disney's film The Jungle Book was? If you said monkey, you'd be wrong. He was an ape. But what kind? Gorilla? Chimpanzee? No. Orangutan. Do you know where orangutans live? The story of The Jungle Book takes place in India, yet orangutans live in Borneo and Sumatra, islands of the Indonesian archipelago off southeast Asia, although one source that I read says that in the past they were found in China and Java. Do you know what orangutans eat? They prefer fruits and nuts, but they also like termites as a snack! However, they do not eat bananas, at least in the wild, because bananas do not grow in the rain forest which is their natural habitat. Do you know what the word "orangutan" means? In the Indonesian language it means "person of the forest" because long ago local people realized how similar orangutans are to people. In this book, authors and photographers Tim Laman and Cheryl Knott take us "up close and personal" with some of the orangutans of Gunung Palung National Park on Borneo, such as Jari Manis who, when it started to rain, grabbed some leafy branches and held them over his head to block the rain like an umbrella. They tell about orangutan life. Where do orangutans live? In trees. In fact, they are the world's largest arboreal or tree-living animals. Laman and Knott also talk about what the future holds for orangutans. Side bars contain information on how to tell monkeys from apes, how to speak orangutan, and how one must study orangutans. Also there are five pages in the back with suggestions on how we can help orangutans and learn more about them, facts at a glance, a glossary, and a bibliography of books, articles, films, and websites for more information, as well as an index for reference. When it comes to learning about orangutans, don't let anyone "make a monkey out of you," but get this book and read all about this amazing animal.

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