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Orangutans Are Ticklish: Fun Facts from an Animal Photographer Hardcover – June 8, 2010


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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2–If you see a hippo yawning, don't assume it's naptime. The animal might be preparing to attack. This is just one of the informational nuggets found throughout this colorful and entertaining look at a variety of creatures. The close-up photographs are crisp, clear, inventive, and engaging, and the accompanying text on the double-page entries is compact. Nine photographs are necessary to show the variety of a chimpanzee's facial expressions, and six of an orangutan to capture her dance moves. And “scientists say yes!” confirms that orangutans are ticklish. Two photographs of a kangaroo show it at rest and hopping (a move termed saltation). The golden lion strides across two pages displaying his magnificent mane, yellow eyes, and tufted tail (the only one in the cat family). This title will be enjoyable browsing and great for reading aloud and sharing one-on-one. A “More Fun Facts” section at the end adds more details, and a smaller photograph provides a sense of the relative sizes of the subjects.Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
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“Kangaroos can’t hop backward, but they can hop forward as fast as 30 miles per hour!” The artfully selected facts and observations in this handsomely produced photo gallery are practically guaranteed to rivet budding naturalists, and Grubman’s 13 sharply detailed studio portraits of large wild animals placed against plain, pale backgrounds put on a show that’s every bit as engaging as the accompanying commentary. Grubman brings the challenges of animal photography to the fore by leading off with a nontechnical description of how the indoor shots were set up and by adding amusing comments on every spread about each photo session. A section of additional pictures and facts caps this broadly appealing introduction to a photographer and his sometimes unpredictable subjects. Grades 2-4. --John Peters
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; 1 edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375858865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375858864
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.3 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By v.x.kirsch on June 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Did you want to go to the zoo today? But it is raining or the zoo is closed for the day?

Well, this book is the solution. It is beautifully photographed and loaded with interesting information about a wide range of animals and amphibians! Steve Grubman is a photographer who has a way with animals of all sorts and Jill Davis has a wonderful way with words! So much fun for readers of all ages! You will even learn how Mr. Grubman managed to get such longing looks from a lion!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Freda on June 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What a great book with quirky, fun animal facts. The photographs are gorgeous and there are interesting comments from the photographer about how he took these amazing pictures. Jill Davis finds the facts that flesh out the personality of each animal, so that learning about them is more personal and engaging. Fun for animal lovers of all ages!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abby Miller on January 2, 2013
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This book is cute and my daughter who loves animals is in love with this book! The pictures are great too!
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I was drawn to this book by the mischievous looking orangutan on the cover. Inside, there's a combination of wonderful close-up portraits of animals, a main text with interesting facts about each animal and tiny sidebars with comments from the photographer on how he managed to get the shot. The most dramatic of these side notes was about how the tiger got loose from it's handlers at one point, forcing Grubman to make a mad dash out of the room! Grubman's photos, which feature many animals' direct gaze to the camera, capture so much personality and expression and are truly what makes this book amazing for any animal lover.

A wide variety of creatures including aardvarks, grizzly bears, giraffes, alligators, hippos and more, are mostly photographed framed against white or jewel-toned backgrounds, and in a few cases, shown with multiple photos side by side depicting their different moods. My favorite section was the jam-packed appendix which included tons of additional facts as well as few more photos. With an attractive layout featuring large, easy to read font, and relatively simple vocabulary, this book will be a pleasure for preschoolers and kindergarten age children.
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