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Suryia and Roscoe: The True Story of an Unlikely Friendship Hardcover – April 26, 2011

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Who can imagine an orangutan being friends with a dog?  Is it even possible?

With Suryia and Roscoe it is!

Dogs and orangutans rarely meet, and when they do, they are naturally shy around each other. But when Suryia the orangutan first meets Roscoe, a stray dog, they become best friends from the start.

Set on a preserve for rare animals, The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.) in South Carolina, here is a true story of a remarkable friendship between two unforgettable animals.




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“After meeting orangutan Suryia at a South Carolina wildlife preserve, stray dog Roscoe never left. The two enjoy swimming, wrestling and playing a deux.” ―People magazine

“The endearing photographs might well make you want to go out and save an orangutan ― or a stray pup.” ―Los Angeles Times

“Irresistible and charming, this story of the friendship between a stray dog and an orangutan in a wildlife preserve in South Carolina will delight family members of all ages. Gorgeous photos accompany the tale of their meeting and instant bond.” ―Kiwimagonline.com

“The images of Suryia hugging Roscoe, swimming with him in a pool or generously offering him a banana will make you smile.” ―Columbus Dispatch

“The engaging animals will appeal to children.” ―School Library Journal

“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

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 430L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805093168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805093162
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this book in a local public library and my 2 year old daughter LOVES it. Suryia and Roscoe are adorable and the pictures are excellent. I think it is important to note that other reviewers feel like this book encourages animal exploitation or mistreatment while failing to bring sufficient attention to the plight of the orangutang. To this, I say the following: 1)If I had not seen this book and been drawn to the lovely photos (posed or otherwise), I would never have thought twice about endangered animals. As a big dog person, I really haven't heard much about the plight of other kinds of species (except maybe dolphins or whales) but this book really caught my attention in a positive way. Ordinarily, rescue groups can be overly depressing (depicting horrible abuse) and may discourage attention. Roscoe and Suryia's story is inspiring without being too forceful and this book is a wonderful, light introduction to the idea of endangered animals without any garishness. 2) Just because Suryia and Roscoe might be trained, does not mean they are mistreated or 'unnatural.' My dog is trained to do tricks but I do NOT abuse him or force him to behave against nature. 3) Instead of discouraging the purchase of this book, let us be proactive and support an organization that is designed to protect engangered animals and raise awareness about the destruction of their natural habitats! For those among us who bellyache that this book exploits animals, I ask this - what organization have you formed that benefits these species? If you have taken such steps, then allow me to make a well-deserved donation. Otherwise, let us all join together and support those who actually try to change things.
If you are looking for a sweet story, good pictures and a friendly tone that is appropriate for young children - this is the book for you.
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The tale of Suryia, an orangutan, and Roscoe, a hound dog, is so heartwarming and very educational. These two unlikely pals met in an almost unbelievable manner, and they have been great friends ever since. Their story helps kids understand that sometimes friends find you, and even when your new friend is the last creature you'd expect to befriend you - well, there they are, holding out the hand of friendship (in this case, with a monkey biscuit enclosed!)

In addition to the great story and wonderful pictures of these animals and the life they live (they have another pal who is an African elephant!!!) there is a great message about conservation, helping kids understand the decisions every person makes can - and DO - effect the habitat of many other creatures. Learn all about palm oil and it's role in deforestation, and about the lives of one unusual orangutan and his best friend, a once homeless hound dog. You won't be sorry you bought this book!
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Children enjoy seeing love demonstrated and when the characters are a darling orangantan and a handsome dog, it's extra fun for the kids.

The photographs are wonderful.

I got this book for inner city kindergartners and they all loved it.
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I first saw these two adorable animals on my email at work. I went on line to see if I could find out where they are living. I ordered this book and just love it. It is so cute. It's a great keepsake for anybody, especially animal lovers like me! I found out where they live and plan to keep up with them as long as they are around. This is a love story for the ages, Just Wonderful!!!!
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A sweet story of two unlikely friends. Especially interesting to me since I own a GSP. Would be a good story for youngsters to read so that they can understand friendship can exist between two seemngly different kinds, whether it be animal or human.
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This book had extraordinary pictures of Orangatans and dogs interacting. It is written on a level so young kids can enjoy while looking at the pictures, but also so that anyone can enjoy it. I would recommend this for anyone!!
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i just orderd this book, but have read it before. it's a great book that your children will read forever and ever. a nice hard cover last a good long time. a really sweet book.
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This book chronicles the unlikely friendship between an orangutan (Suryia) and a dog (Roscoe). We do not fully understand how animals think and feel, but this story suggests we still have much to learn. Suriya and Roscoe live on a wildlife preserve operated by Doc Bhagavan Antle (who is best known for his ligers and tigers), who makes sure the many animals in his care get the very best care they can. Both you and your children will love this engaging story, and remember it for a long time to come!
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