Suryia Swims!: The True Story of How an Orangutan Learned to Swim by Bhagavan Antle, Barry Bland |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Suryia Swims!: The True Story of How an Orangutan Learned to Swim

Suryia Swims!: The True Story of How an Orangutan Learned to Swim

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by Bhagavan Antle, Barry Bland
     
 

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Suryia is not your average orangutan. In the first book about him, Suryia and Roscoe, Suryia found an unusual best friend: a dog named Roscoe. Now Suryia jumps into an unusual new hobby: swimming!

Orangutans don't swim; it doesn't come naturally to them. But Suryia shows that adventures await those who are willing to try something new.

Set on a preserve

Overview

Suryia is not your average orangutan. In the first book about him, Suryia and Roscoe, Suryia found an unusual best friend: a dog named Roscoe. Now Suryia jumps into an unusual new hobby: swimming!

Orangutans don't swim; it doesn't come naturally to them. But Suryia shows that adventures await those who are willing to try something new.

Set on a preserve for endangered animals, The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.), here is another true tale of an original orangutan—the first ever known to swim!

Editorial Reviews

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“Fans of Suryia and his canine pal, Roscoe, will surely enjoy this…” —School Library Journal

“Suryia's interactions with his pool pals will bring smiles to the faces of animal lovers young and old.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Fans of cute animal books will be delighted.” —Booklist on Suryia and Roscoe

“Young animal lovers . . . will be eager to read about this unlikely pairing between a stray dog and an orangutan in a wildlife preserve. . . . The clean, photo album–like design, high-interest topic, accessible text and captivating images will likely garner Suryia and Roscoe legions of new friends.” —Kirkus Reviews on Suryia and Roscoe

“The engaging animals will appeal to children.” —School Library Journal on Suryia and Roscoe

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Featuring the unusual orangutan first introduced in Suryia and Roscoe (Holt, 2011), this title focuses on the many unusual activities he enjoys, most notably a love of water. Readers follow along as he splashes in a bubble bath and gradually becomes the first of his species to develop the ability to swim. Full-color photographs document his progress as he learns to hold his breath underwater, dive for pool rings, and eventually begin to swim. He is seen swimming with lots of different friends-both human and otherwise-including Bubbles the elephant and Tonks the tiger. Fans of Suryia and his canine pal, Roscoe, will surely enjoy this continuation into the life of a very special orangutan that lives on a wildlife preserve in South Carolina. Each spread features two or three clear photos and minimal text that serves mainly as captions. Easy nonfiction for readers of differing abilities.—Cathie Bashaw Morton, Millbrook Central School District, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Suryia the orangutan learns to swim in this fascinating story that features appealing photographs of the amazing ape swimming with his trainer and an array of other animals that live in the same nature preserve. The authors and photographer first introduced the captivating orangutan with their story of his friendship with a huge hound dog, Suryia and Roscoe (2011). The same format is used again in this sequel; full-page photographs alternate with smaller pictures laid out like a photo album. The cheerful text describes Suryia's interest in water play and subsequent swimming lessons in a logical, clearly expressed manner, with intriguing details that convey Suryia's behavior and personality. The photographs are amazing: Suryia paddling with Roscoe the dog, hugging his trainer and gently holding a tiger at the edge of the swimming pool. Stories of animal friendships have become popular in the last few years, and this engaging book will have wide appeal to a wide variety of readers, from preschoolers through elementary-age children. The orangutan's face has a natural charm, and he seems to be smiling as he enjoys his time in the water. Suryia's interactions with his pool pals will bring smiles to the faces of animal lovers young and old. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 3-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805093179
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,224,050
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Bhagavan "Doc" Antle is the founder and director of T.I.G.E.R.S. (The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) and the RSF (Rare Species Fund). He is widely recognized as one of the foremost animal trainers in the world.

Thea Feldman has written and edited many popular children's books. She has also worked at the Wildlife Conservation Society, where she wrote about the animals in the Society's five urban wildlife parks in New York City.

Barry Bland started his photographic career as a sports photographer and now specializes in animal-based editorial features. His work has been published in hundreds of national newspapers and magazines around the world.

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