Books by Thea Feldman

NAVY SEALS by Brandon Webb
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Save your money. (Memoir/fiction. 8-12)"
The self-told story of a former U.S. Navy SEAL. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Save the elephants! (postscript, captioned photographs, glossary) (Memoir. 10-16)"
"In 1999, I was asked to accept a herd of troubled wild elephants on my game reserve, Thula Thula. I had no idea how challenging it would be or how much my life would be enriched." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Fans of the TV special will be drawn to this edition of the beloved story; others may want to check out the new interpretation of the original story by Robert L. May, publishing on Sept. 30, 2014. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The version of the holiday story that has been shown on television for the past 50 years is the basis for this interpretation of Rudolph's tale. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Unusual-friendship tales are not uncommon, but two unexpected, yet endearing, animals hugging will never fail to charm. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A chimpanzee cuddles two baby tigers and watches over them as they grow. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Plenty of eye candy but low on nutritional facts. (Informational early reader. 6-8)"
High-quality photography compensates, at least in part, for inadequate commentary in this diverse gallery of exotic creatures and behaviors. Read full book review >
SURYIA SWIMS! by Bhagavan "Doc" Antle
Released: May 8, 2012

"The orangutan's face has a natural charm, and he seems to be smiling as he enjoys his time in the water. Suryia's interactions with his pool pals will bring smiles to the faces of animal lovers young and old. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 3-9)"
Suryia the orangutan learns to swim in this fascinating story that features appealing photographs of the amazing ape swimming with his trainer and an array of other animals that live in the same nature preserve. Read full book review >
Released: April 26, 2011

Young animal lovers, especially those compelled by the story of the stranded baby hippo and giant tortoise introduced in Isabella and Craig Hatkoffs' Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship (2006), will be eager to read about this unlikely pairing between a stray dog and an orangutan in a wildlife preserve. Charming, close-up full-color photos show expressions on the animals' faces and convey their closeness. While it seems clear that the pictures were staged after the fact—when Roscoe first arrives at the preserve he is "thin and he needed a bath," but the photo shows a sleek, healthy Roscoe, for example—most kids won't care about that; they'll simply want to see more of the friends having fun. Suryia seems nearly human in his interactions with Roscoe: He smiles, hugs and poses for the camera, which could spark discussions about the fact that all living things are related, especially how and why primates are similar to people. A surprising amount of information about animals is folded into the brief narrative: It's explained that dogs smile by wagging their tails and that dogs and orangutans aren't normally friends; also, other animals living at the preserve are shown. The clean, photo album-like design, high-interest topic, accessible text and captivating images will likely garner Suryia and Roscoe legions of new friends. (author's note, map) (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

This quick tour through the wacky world of exotic chicken breeds combines show-stopping color photos with breezy, lightly factual commentary. Announcing a "Pullet Surprise!," Feldman focuses on the wildly diverse eggs, feathers, combs, feet, and other physical features that have been bred into show chickens, shifting to smaller type when expanding on a topic so as not to slow down less-practiced readers. The photos, several to a page, are mostly headshots—perhaps not, as is quickly evident, a chicken's most attractive feature, but guaranteed to send young viewers rearing back in astonishment and delighted disgust. Sans any leads to further information, this seems largely intended as momentary entertainment, and each breed is confusingly identified with two, or even three, names. Still, audiences will crow over it. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)Read full book review >