Orangutans up Close

Orangutans up Close

by Carmen Bredeson

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Starting out with words labeling a picture of an orangutan and the naming of its major body parts, young readers will have a good foundation for this easy-to-read book that is part of the "Zoom in on Animals" series. Interestingly, this member of the ape family lives in only two places in the world—Borneo and Sumatra. The arms and legs are similar, but the arms are long and, like the legs, very strong. The feet have five toes that are like extra thumbs. The full color illustrations clearly show the strength, length, and ability of the toes to operate like fingers. Like human babies, orangutan babies remain with their mothers for up to eight years. The mother teaches the baby what to eat and how to make a new nest each night. Orangutans also use rocks to break open fruits and nuts, sticks to dig out insects, and leaves to shelter themselves during rainstorms. The picture of a male orangutan shows the big change that takes place as they reach their mid teens—the growth of big cheek pads and long hair make the orangutans look bigger and fiercer. They also have a pouch that helps them create calls that can be heard for up to a mile away. A simple illustration recaps the life cycle, and there is an index as well as a page listing books and web sites that provide more information about these humanlike animals. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
Zoom in on Animals! Series
Product dimensions:
7.76(w) x 9.15(h) x 0.27(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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