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Suryia and Roscoe: The True Story of an Unlikely Friendship
     

Suryia and Roscoe: The True Story of an Unlikely Friendship

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by Bhagavan Antle, Thea Feldman (As Told by), Barry Bland (Illustrator)
 

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Who can imagine an orangutan being friends with a dog? Is it even possible?

With Suryia and Roscoe it is!

Dogs and orangutans rarely meet, and when they do, they are naturally shy around each other. But when Suryia the orangutan first meets Roscoe, a stray dog, they become best friends from the start.

Set on a preserve for rare animals, The Institute of

Overview

Who can imagine an orangutan being friends with a dog? Is it even possible?

With Suryia and Roscoe it is!

Dogs and orangutans rarely meet, and when they do, they are naturally shy around each other. But when Suryia the orangutan first meets Roscoe, a stray dog, they become best friends from the start.

Set on a preserve for rare animals, The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.) in South Carolina, here is a true story of a remarkable friendship between two unforgettable animals.

Editorial Reviews

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“After meeting orangutan Suryia at a South Carolina wildlife preserve, stray dog Roscoe never left. The two enjoy swimming, wrestling and playing a deux.” —People magazine

“The endearing photographs might well make you want to go out and save an orangutan — or a stray pup.” —Los Angeles Times

“Irresistible and charming, this story of the friendship between a stray dog and an orangutan in a wildlife preserve in South Carolina will delight family members of all ages. Gorgeous photos accompany the tale of their meeting and instant bond.” —Kiwimagonline.com

“The images of Suryia hugging Roscoe, swimming with him in a pool or generously offering him a banana will make you smile.” —Columbus Dispatch

“The engaging animals will appeal to children.” —School Library Journal

“Fans of cute animal books will be delighted.” —Booklist

“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

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Suryia, an orangutan, lives on a South Carolina preserve called The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species. One day he was out walking with his friend, Bubbles, an elephant, when a stray dog came out of the woods and bounded up to him. The two bonded immediately and became best pals. Other preserve inhabitants, like the tigers, pumas, lions, leopard, gators, turtles, and tapirs are all shown in the engaging photographs. There are brief glimpses of the wildlife refuge, but Suryia and Roscoe take center stage as their friendly affection is documented again and again. Several portraits of the animals have no backgrounds and are decorative rather than informative. Brief text is smoothly paced and explains how the animals met and the relationship they developed. They are shown taking walks, wrestling, eating, and sleeping; they also swim together, which is extremely unusual because orangutans don't normally swim. The photos capture moments that show the keeper's careful attention to safety, such as Suryia wearing a life vest in the water, and another of the orangutan leading his friend on a leash, which suggests staging. This is a thin tale, but the engaging animals will appeal to children.—Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805093162
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
510,855
Product dimensions:
9.14(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile:
AD430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Dr. 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, The Rare Species Fund. He is widely recognized as one of the foremost animal trainers in the world.

Thea Feldman has written and edited hundreds of children's books. She has also worked at the Wildlife Conservation Society where she researched and 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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Suryia and Roscoe 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this book to 2 of my friends children and They loved it. I thought it was a great introduction to how friendships can be with anyone. The bad reveiws on the page here seem to be about some VEGAN agenda they cannot have even read the book or even looked at the AMAZON PAGE the book has great anti palm oil stuff and save the forest intro for KIDS! This kind of stuff is what starts them on the right path. This is a FUN book that leads young children on a adventure to learn about new things, freindships, enviroment and orangutans. Look at the extra photo on the front page it has the save the forest idea. I LOVE THIS BOOK ITS A HIT WITH US ! I saw a youtube video how Robert Duvalls childrens fund gave it as gifts for children in need!
TeacherBA More than 1 year ago
This book makes you smile! It's a true uplifting story about love, sharing, and getting along with everyone. It's the number one lesson we all need a bit more of today. My children like it, my mom likes it, the whole world likes it. I watched the real story unfold on the net like so many millions of other people and I was so pleased that it was made into a childrens story. I love it that they included the Palm oil message in it, as well as the reality of the endangered orangutan and its jungle home. I would say this loving duo has made more impact on the plight of the rainforest and the orangutan than any other childrens book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very sweet story, adorable pictures (my son was cackling over them!), and a really well done book overall. We read this book often!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful TRUE story of friendship for my ages 3 and 5 years old preschool grandsons. I had originally found the youtube story and great photos to go with it online, so when this book came out I grabbed it immediately. My grandkids LOVE it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sister gave me this book when I was home recuperating for two months. I love it so much that it's my favorite gift to a friend or relative similarly struggling to get well. Seeing Suryia swimming in her life vest with her good pal Roscoe makes it easier to believe that we can overcome even the most challenging obstacles. This book brings a smile to my face every time. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent read the book but it sounds good lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is cute. It is full of beautiful and delightful images of Suryia and Roscoe, who definitely share a sweet and unique relationship. However, it is very misleading to children. It does nothing to discuss the plight of endangered orangutans....just delights children with cute pictures of these two animals living together at the T.I.G.E.R.S preserve in South Carolina. Children are the next generation of conservationists...they need to be taught at an early age about just how bleak the future of wild orangutans is without intense intervention. The author of this book, Mr. Antle, who is also the owner of the preserve, is famous for his 'cute' images, many of which are posed, because these animals are trained. Once people become interested in this book, they will want to follow him on Facebook, or the net, and will be completely drowned in even more of these 'cute' and 'precious' pictures. He says he's a conservationist; however, these images are what he wants you to see. He may speak up about not using palm oil; however, he never gives links to the public to see images of the real endangered orangutans...the palm oil orphans, etc... The danger in this book is that children will become enamored with these two precious animals and want to see more and more of them, perhaps even traveling to SC to visit the preserve to meet them, but they will not delve further into the problem with the real endangered orangutans. They are the ones who need help. Suryia faces exploitation daily by having Mr. Antle allow the public to handle him for pictures, etc....or dressing him up in a buoyant wetsuit for the public to be able to see him in the pool. It has been proven that when the public sees apes dressed up, etc... it causes them to inadvertently believe that these animals are not endangered, doing them a huge disservice. If parents allow their kids to read this book, they need to go a little further by teaching them about the endangered orangutans, and about how this exploitation of Suryia is not right.