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Contributor(s): Jenkins, Martin, White, Vicky (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763634719     ISBN-13: 9780763634711
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
    OUR PRICE: $15.29  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: November 2007
Annotation: With compelling illustrations and a conservationist slant, this look at four rare great apes--and one very familiar one--is a book that readers are sure to go ape over.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Apes; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Apes, Monkeys, Etc.
Dewey: 599.88
LCCN: 2007023456
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 12.25" H x 10.00" W x 0.50" (1.30 lbs) 48 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 122964
Reading Level: 3.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
With compelling illustrations and a conservationist slant, this look at four rare great apes -- and one very familiar one -- is a book to go ape over.
Swing with a hairy orangutan and her baby as they lunge for a smelly, spiky durian fruit. Roam and play with a gang of chimps, then poke out some tasty termites with a blade of grass. Chatter and feast on figs with a bonobo, or chomp on bamboo with a gorilla as he readies for sleep. What could be better than spending time with these rare and wonderful creatures -- after all, the fifth great ape on this planet is you

Contributor Bio(s): Martin Jenkins, a conservation biologist, has written several nonfiction books for children, including GRANDMA ELEPHANT'S IN CHARGE, THE EMPEROR'S EGG, and CHAMELEONS ARE COOL. He lives in Cambridge, England.

Vicky White worked as a zookeeper for several years beore earning an MA in natural history illustration from London’s Royal College of Art. APE is her first picture book.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring)
Simple text in large type and pencil and oil pictures on expansive white pages introduce the five species of great apes--including humans. Spreads provide basic information about diet, behavior, and social structure. Footnotes in a smaller cursive type offer more detail. Close-up portraits of the apes, intimate but not sentimentalized, and concise, respectful text will draw youngsters in. Websites. Ind. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2008 #1)
Simple text and large pencil-and-oil pictures are set on expansive white pages to introduce the five species of great apes: orangutan, chimp, bonobo, gorilla, and...guess who? Each of the first four gets its own sequence of four or five double-page spreads that provide basic information in large type about diet, behavior, and social structure ("Bonobo chatters and hoots and calls to her friends, while feasting on figs high off the ground"). Suggesting a shared adult/child audience, footnotes in a smaller cursive type offer a bit more detail ("Bonobos live in the rain forest of the Congo basin in central Africa"), and the last, unillustrated, spread makes the connection between the apes and people ("We humans are part of the great ape family, too"). The close-up portraits of the apes, intimate but not sentimentalized, will draw young lookers in, and they won't be let down by the concise, respectful text. A single back page provides a helpful map, an index, and three conservation websites. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2007 December #3)

The premise is simple: introduce readers to four of the five members of the great ape family (the fifth member is actually the reader). But in the hands of White, a former zookeeper making her picture book debut, this becomes much more than a garden-variety survey. Working in oil and pencil, White portrays orangutans, chimps, bonobos and gorillas as imposing and playful, brooding and wistful—in other words, as having psychologically complex, fully realized personalities. The pictures are consistently stunning: using bold brushstrokes and theatrical lighting, White compels readers to savor the subtle nuances of browns and black that compose each animal's fur. Jenkins's (The Emperor's Egg ) economical, conservation-oriented text ably sets each scene ("Bonobo chatters and hoots and calls to her friends, while feasting on figs high off the ground") while occasional captions add information about the apes' habitat or behavior. But this book isn't really about reportage; in fact, the portraits are set against white sweeps with only minimal propping to suggest the environment. What seems to matter for White is making an intense emotional connection between subject and reader. And she succeeds—the great apes have found their John Singer Sargent. Ages 3-7. (Dec.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 March)

K-Gr 3— Jenkins avoids anthropomorphizing in this simple introduction to four rare apes—chimps, bonobos, orangutans, and gorillas—and provides basic facts about their daily eating and sleeping habits. The highly textured and naturalistic pencil and oil illustrations deftly blend subtle color and back-and-white scenes and are made for group sharing. However, the book suffers from the use of too many fonts of varying sizes without logical reason, from a bold 1 inch to a very small cursive. The book concludes by comparing humans to the four others and explains the negative impact that we've had on their survival. A final map that shows where the great apes live and how many survive provides needed context for young readers. A 10-item index makes this book marginally useful for reports; students will need to use the Web addresses of three conservation organizations as a starting place to learn more.—Ellen Fader, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

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