Martin Jenkins, a conservation biologist, has written several nonfiction books for children, including GRANDMA ELEPHANT'S IN CHARGE, THE EMPEROR'S EGG, and CHAMELEONS ARE COOL. He lives in Cambridge, England. Vicky White worked as a zookeeper for several years beore earning an MA in natural history illustration from London's Royal College of Art. APE is her first picture book.
K-Gr 3-The members of the great ape family are introduced in this book (Candlewick, 2007) by Martin Jenkins, a conservation biologist. Vicky White's naturalistic pencil-and-oil illustrations are scanned iconographically and complement Martin's spare yet always informative text which is read by Matthew Dyer. Original music with an African beat enhances the telling. The illustrations show the featured animal in color, while backgrounds and other details are done in black and white, making the focus of each picture pop. Basic facts about the daily life of the orangutan, chimpanzee, bonobo, and gorilla are given. The fifth member of the great ape family-humans-is also presented. Similarities and differences are examined. Habitat, range maps, populations, and interesting facts are given for each ape. This is a short, but fascinating introduction to the subject, with a clear environmental message.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
What seems to matter for White is making an intense emotional connection between subject and reader. And she succeeds--the great apes have found their John Singer Sargent. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)