Friday, September 16, 2016

A Day in the Rainforest Canopy - a bookwrap

What you need to know...

Orangutans are found in the rainforests in Boneo and Sumatra.  The word "orang-utan" means "person of the forest".  They are one of the "great apes" species and one of the largest dwelling mammals in the world.  An adult male can weight as much as 220 pounds and an adult female 120 pounds. They are very intelligent like that of a 3.5 year old human.  Their life expectancy is 35 years. 


A Day in the Rainforest Canopy

Created by Rita Goldner

Ages 4-8 
Grade Levels  P-3

Unwrapping some great illustrations...

About the book...

Orang-utan lives in the canopy in the tropical rainforest. He lives with his mother and together they carve out a daily life together.  He will stay with her for seven years... yes that is quite a long childhood in the animal world.  Mom waits 8 years before having another baby.  This book documents a typical day in the life of this little guy. His dad visits often but because of lack of fruit he must live in his own quarters.  

The book highlights diet preferences for little Orang-utan: slurping rainwater from leaves and from his long red hair, munching on a variety of fruit (orang-utans are frugivores),  gobbling up tasty insects,  dining on small animals, leaves and bark when fruit is scarce.  

Orang-utan has to be cautious of dangerous predators such as the Reticulated Python and the Clouded Leopard. He always has to be on guard and remain vigilant to keep safe, his very life depends on it.  He climbs down to the forest floor where he plays and splashes in the water and observes the other creatures around him.  

In the afternoon he and his mother make a nest out of leaves because it's his nap time.  Upon awakening he ventures off once again to explore more of the critters and activity in the vast canopy. After an active, busy day he helps his mom craft a brand new nes with a roof this time to protect them from the night rain. They curl up together and fall fast asleep both tired out and need refreshing to get up tomorrow and start another brand-new day.  

This wonderful informative book has fun facts sprinkled throughout it that are very educational indeed.  The illustrations are vibrant, colourful and dove-tail perfectly with the text.  The author includes a location map at the beginning of the book with a list of words to know that makes the understanding of the up-coming story much more clear.  I highly recommend this book. 

About the author...

Rita Goldner regularly visits the Phoenix Zoo to sketch and paint animals, especially the orangutans. Aware of their endangered status, she became passionate about the protection of a thriving wild environment for orangutans. With this goal in mind, and with her background in art and elementary school education, Rita wrote and illustrated Orangutan: A Day in the Rainforest Canopy. She hopes that young readers will grow up loving and respecting orangutans – and pick up the gauntlet.

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