The True Story of How an Orangutan Learned to Swim
Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805093179, 32pp.
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
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
Barry Bland s work has been published in hundreds of national newspapers and magazines around the world. He photographed Dr. Bhagavan Antle and Thea Feldman's "The Tiger Cubs and the Chimp, " among other books.
Thea Feldman, a children s book writer and editor, has helped develop early reader series for various major children s book publishers. She is also a lifelong animal lover and has written numerous children s books about animals, worked at the Wildlife Conservation Society, and is a writer and editor for the Mayor s Alliance for NYC s Animals. She especially enjoys the opportunity to write early readers about animals. Her cat, Zoe, is not impressed.
"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 ReviewsPraise for Suryia and Roscoe: “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
“The engaging animals will appeal to children.” —School Library Journal