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.
The authors and photographer first introduced the captivating orangutan with their story of his friendship with a huge hound dog, Suryia and Roscoe (2011). The same format is used again in this sequel; full-page photographs alternate with smaller pictures laid out like a photo album. The cheerful text describes Suryia’s interest in water play and subsequent swimming lessons in a logical, clearly expressed manner, with intriguing details that convey Suryia’s behavior and personality. The photographs are amazing: Suryia paddling with Roscoe the dog, hugging his trainer and gently holding a tiger at the edge of the swimming pool. Stories of animal friendships have become popular in the last few years, and this engaging book will have wide appeal to a wide variety of readers, from preschoolers through elementary-age children.
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)