Shadows in the Dawn: The Lemurs of Madagascar

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Stunning photographs and evocative text take readers to far-off Madagascar. There, primatologist Alison Jolly dwells and works among lemurs. These fascinating primates live only on the island of Madagascar, where they socialize in troops—and where, like humans, they are often involved in power struggles and family disputes. Threats to the environment have endangered lemurs, but Dr. Jolly hopes that by studying these unusual animals she’ll ...

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Overview

Stunning photographs and evocative text take readers to far-off Madagascar. There, primatologist Alison Jolly dwells and works among lemurs. These fascinating primates live only on the island of Madagascar, where they socialize in troops—and where, like humans, they are often involved in power struggles and family disputes. Threats to the environment have endangered lemurs, but Dr. Jolly hopes that by studying these unusual animals she’ll discover ways for people to live in harmony with their distant primate cousins.

Text and photographs follow primatologist Alison Jolly and a group of lemurs on the island of Madagascar, presenting the appearance, behavior, and social structure of these primates.

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Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
The tamarind forests and spiny deserts of Madagascar are the only home for the 30 species of lemurs, who belong to the prosimian branch of the primate family. The author's informative and often poetic text, paired with her photographer/husband's many striking, full color photos, forms a beautiful photo-essay that reveals the behavior and lifestyle of one of the endangered creatures of a fascinating, but fragile environment. After introducing us to some of the unique plants and animals of Madagascar, Lasky and Knight focus on a troop of ring-tailed lemurs, following and observing several student/researchers led by primatologist Allison Jolly, who has been studying the often human-like habits of lemurs for over 30 years. Although the lemurs in this book are safe living in a nature preserve, many others and many of the island's other unique creatures are seriously endangered. Besides a map and further reading list, an afterword gives information on an organization devoted to helping the people and animals of Madagascar.
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Gr 4-8-Deep in the forests of Madagascar, lemurs leap through tamarind trees. It is the only place on Earth where the animals, all 30 different species of them, live. Lasky begins this attractive photo-essay by examining the origins and characteristics of the animals, then joins researchers in the field. She describes the work of Malagasy students working with primatologist Alison Jolly, who has studied the animals for 30 years, making new discoveries and dispelling myths about them. The scientist is also searching for clues that these unique creatures offer about the origins of primate life. Knight's excellent-quality, full-color photographs fill the pages with landscapes, close-ups, and lemur interaction. The fluid, but nonlinear text will appeal to nature lovers with some background in the subject matter.-Lisa Wu Stowe, Great Neck Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152002817
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.44 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.21 (d)

Meet the Author

KATHRYN LASKY's many books for young people have received such honors as the Parents' Choice Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and a Newbery Honor citation. Her picture books include The Emperor's Old Clothes, illustrated by David Catrow; A Brilliant Streak: The Making of Mark Twain, illustrated by Barry Moser; and Marven of the Great North Woods, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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