Thursday, 8 August 2013

Review: 'Little Sibu: An Orangutan Tale' by Sally Grindley

Little Sibu: An Orangutan Tale by Sally Grindley, Illustrated by John Butler, 1999, Peachtree, $15.95, hardbound, 28 pages. Category/Genre: animals. Cover: excellent. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

This is a story about growing up. Little Sibu, the orangutan, wants to keep getting food from his mother and letting her shelter him and nest with him. But his mother knows Little Sibu needs to learn to fend for himself one day, and so she helps him do that. 

Little Sibu doesn't like it when his mother ignores him and refuses to feed him. He throws temper tantrums. But his mother is trying to get him to go off on his own like other male orangutans. 

She's still his mother, though, and when a tiger injures Little Sibu, his mother is there to clean his wound and comfort him. And eventually, Little Sibu begins to enjoy being on his own. 

This is a tale gently told, full of the wonderful paintings of John Butler, which bring the story to life. Kids will love seeing the expressive faces of the orangutans and learning about these creatures' lives. 

There's an extra section in the back of the book about orangutans, and there is contact information to find out more about these fascinating animals. 

For ages four and up. 

If you like this one, try: Pi-shu the Little Panda, by John Butler; and Little Elephant Thunderfoot, by Sally Grindley. 

Don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour! 

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