Orangutans Are Ticklish: Fun Facts from an Animal Photographer

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In this knockout book of animal photographs, perfect for the youngest animal lover, you'll discover all sorts of things. Did you know that orangutans are ticklish? Yes, they are—just like you and me. But be careful if you ever see a hippo yawning. It doesn't mean he's sleepy—it means he wants to fight.

The gorgeous up-close pictures and fascinating facts are complemented by behind-the-scenes peeks at how animal photographs are taken. (For instance, photographer Steve Grubman ...

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Overview

In this knockout book of animal photographs, perfect for the youngest animal lover, you'll discover all sorts of things. Did you know that orangutans are ticklish? Yes, they are—just like you and me. But be careful if you ever see a hippo yawning. It doesn't mean he's sleepy—it means he wants to fight.

The gorgeous up-close pictures and fascinating facts are complemented by behind-the-scenes peeks at how animal photographs are taken. (For instance, photographer Steve Grubman once had to lull a cow to sleep with soft music!) Animal lovers, young scientists, and budding photographers will all adore this beautiful nonfiction book.

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A behind-the-scenes look at the photographer's craft, and more. A two-page spread featuring several small pictures of Grubman working with animals accompanies a full explanation of his work methods and introduces the main event. Then come 13 animal essays, in serviceable text (punctuated by rather too many exclamation points) and accompanied by terrifically vivid pictures that also show personality in abundance. The aardvark close-up highlights his huge pink ears and a wrinkly hide. The chimpanzee displays more poses than Tyra Banks. The tiger just stares into the camera with a knowing look. Also included are the hippopotamus, western gray kangaroo, grizzly bear, lion, alligator, orangutan, elephant, giraffe, zebra and the exotic coatimundi. Although the organization and presentation suggest that the animals were selected for inclusion on the basis of their photogenic qualities alone, there's no denying they have child appeal. The nifty four-page backmatter features more bulleted facts about each animal, as well as an additional picture of each, but there is nothing to point kids to further resources. (Picture book. 3-9)
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Gr 2—If you see a hippo yawning, don't assume it's naptime. The animal might be preparing to attack. This is just one of the informational nuggets found throughout this colorful and entertaining look at a variety of creatures. The close-up photographs are crisp, clear, inventive, and engaging, and the accompanying text on the double-page entries is compact. Nine photographs are necessary to show the variety of a chimpanzee's facial expressions, and six of an orangutan to capture her dance moves. And "scientists say yes!" confirms that orangutans are ticklish. Two photographs of a kangaroo show it at rest and hopping (a move termed saltation). The golden lion strides across two pages displaying his magnificent mane, yellow eyes, and tufted tail (the only one in the cat family). This title will be enjoyable browsing and great for reading aloud and sharing one-on-one. A "More Fun Facts" section at the end adds more details, and a smaller photograph provides a sense of the relative sizes of the subjects.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375858864
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Davis is the author of The First Rule of Little Brothers. In addition to being a writer, Jill has been an editor at Bloomsbury Publishing, the Viking Press, and Crown Books. Jill lives in New York City with her husband and their two sons. You can visit her at extrabloggage.com.

Steve Grubman's first job as a photographer was in advertising. He began photographing animals years later when he was working on a Samsonite luggage campaign. The creative team wanted a photograph of an elephant standing on a piece of luggage, so Steve found an African elephant, got it into his studio, and took its picture. Since then he has photographed animals large and small for major corporations, including Paramount Pictures, Allstate, Sony, and Dell. You can visit him at www.grubman.com.

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