Reviews for Suryia Swims! : The True Story of How an Orangutan Learned to Swim

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
With Thea Feldman. In this companion to Suryia and Roscoe, intriguing photographs show how an orangutan living at a wild animal refuge in South Carolina learns to swim, with the help of her friend, Roscoe the dog. The text provides addiitonal information about orangutans in general. Animal lovers will be fascinated by the photos of other wild animals in the pool with Suryia.

Kirkus Reviews 2012 April #2
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) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 September

K-Gr 3--Featuring the unusual orangutan first introduced in Suryia and Roscoe (Holt, 2011), this title focuses on the many unusual activities he enjoys, most notably a love of water. Readers follow along as he splashes in a bubble bath and gradually becomes the first of his species to develop the ability to swim. Full-color photographs document his progress as he learns to hold his breath underwater, dive for pool rings, and eventually begin to swim. He is seen swimming with lots of different friends-both human and otherwise-including Bubbles the elephant and Tonks the tiger. Fans of Suryia and his canine pal, Roscoe, will surely enjoy this continuation into the life of a very special orangutan that lives on a wildlife preserve in South Carolina. Each spread features two or three clear photos and minimal text that serves mainly as captions. Easy nonfiction for readers of differing abilities.--Cathie Bashaw Morton, Millbrook Central School District, NY

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