Thursday, January 3, 2008


APE; Martin Jenkins and Vicky White; Cambridge, MA: Candlewick, 2007; 45 pgs. Non-fiction

A beautifully illustrated discourse for young children about the five kinds of apes in the world: Orangutan, Chimp, Bonobo, Gorilla, and Human Being. The pencil and oil pictures are the highlight of this book which tells briefly the characteristics of the great apes--what they eat, where they sleep, how they care for their young. Human beings are, of course, revealed to be the jerks of the primate world since we kill the other apes and put them in zoos. But, we are beginning to do better, according to this spare but lovely little book.

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