Monday, June 23, 2008

Non-Fiction Monday: Monkeys!

I’ve recently come across two great books about those wonderful creatures we know as apes, one aimed more towards the younger group, being a picture book, the other more towards middle grade, though both can be appreciated by kids and adults of all ages.

The first, I’m Lucy: A Day in the Life of a Young Bonobo is written by Mathea Levine and includes wonderful photographs by Marian Brickner. Through short sentences and great photos, the reader literally gets to witness a day in Lucy, a 2 year old bonobo’s life. Kids will love seeing pictures of Lucy and her cousin Kaleb getting into mischief and being loved on by their mamas. A very sweet, yet educational picture book.

The second title, Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes, is written by Pamela S. Turner and part of Houghton Mifflin’s “Scientists in the Field" series. Like I’m Lucy, Gorilla Doctors includes both text and awesome photographs of great apes in need of help, while in the wild. The reader is able to learn not only about the lives of the apes, but also about the processes and procedures doctors, scientists, and activists go through to prevent the Great Apes from becoming extinct. A great choice for projects, as well as leisure reading.

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