Adventures of Riley – Operation Orangutan
Illustrations and Layouts by: Ulkutay and Ulkutay, London.
Published by: Eaglemont Press 2007
Ages: four years and up.
Theme: adventure, science, excitement.
Opening Lines: “Pippen has been gone for days and I can’t find him anywhere!” said Riley. “But I have to go or I’ll miss my flight.”
Synopsis: While his mother stays home looking for his cat, 9 year old Riley travels to Borneo with his Uncle, a scientist. and extended family members including cousin Alice. Searching for orangutans, learning their habitat and environment issues, Riley embarks on an adventure in an unusual hot air balloon. After spotting sun bears, flying frogs and strangler figs, Riley makes a rain forest discovery. Will this be his new pet, and what rare event does he witness in the unpredictable forests of Borneo? You will have to get this book to find out.
Why I like this: This book is one in a series of “Adventures of Riley” by Amanda and Laura. Every book contains fascinating fact boxes, a glossary of terms, additional information at the back of the book, and a smart blend of illustration and “real-life” photography, with different stories, a different place, different animals, and each a great learning tool, captivating young readers, with adventure and action in the wilds whether Riley is in the jungle or out on the ice. Like in all the books, there is a letter in the front of the book inviting Riley to join his Uncle and other extended family on an adventure kids would jump to have a chance at!
Interesting Note: Produced with the assistance of wildlife experts from the Smithsonian, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the World Wildlife Fund, the series’ titles include Tigers in Terai, Safari in South Africa, and Amazon River Rescue. The books are published by Eaglemont Press, a Washington-based publishing company cofounded by Lumry that specializes in books that focus on nature and the environment. Other books by Lumry draw on her talent as a photographer, including Homespun: An Intimate Portrait of an Amish and Mennonite Community and Cayman: A Photographic Journey through the Islands, the last which features over 200 photographs by Lumry and Wengerd that bring to life the three-island group that is a favorite of tourists.
Resources/Findings: The book itself is dotted with facts, at the back is a glossary and links for more information.
Here are some other books in the series, with links to more…. http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Riley-Polar-Bear-Puzzle/dp/054506838X/ref=pd_sim_b_5
Here is an interview with the author… http://grist.org/article/lumry/full/
This is a website listing resource links for kids with pets… http://m.parenthood.com/article/detail.php?article=5543
Pop over and visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.