Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Jennifer Keats Curtis
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
“Nonhuman primates are not exactly like us, but they can think. They understand some language and can follow commands. Primates figure out how to solve problems. Some use tools,” Jennifer Keats Curtis writes in her children’s book, Primate School.
This thirty-two unnumbered page paperback with a thick folding jacket cover targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy educational information about primates. With no scary scenes, it may be best read out loud by adults to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.
In this read about primates that mostly live at the zoo and are cared for by keepers that sometimes wear face masks, these fascinating animals are obviously intelligent. Learning there are more than five hundred species in the breed, they are warm-blooded, have hair and backbones, and produce milk for their young.
While wild primates learn from members of their group, the caged animals also learn from their keepers. Preserving them at the zoo, the caregivers feed them, encourage wild behaviors such as eating insects and leaves, play games, and make sure they stay healthy with medical check-ups. The primates are rewarded with treats when they perform correctly.
Showing photographs of the monkey, lemur, orangutan, chimpanzee, langur, tamarin, baboon, siamang, gorilla, and gibbon, many different species and their distinct characteristics and attributes are given.
The last four pages have more educational tools of learning activities for creative minds that involve a game deciphering which animals are primates, information on endangered species including coding, how to talk like a chimpanzee, and enrichment activities of several of the animals.
What makes this book fun is not only the different types of primates, but also the informational data at the back of the book for older readers regarding primates’ lives and activities. Any child will enjoy looking at the colorful pictures, although several of them show the animals inside a barred environment for human protection.
Award-winning author Curtis has written several children’s books devoted to nature and conservation. She and her family live in Maryland. Several zoos and organizations provided the photographs in exchange for using the book for fundraising purposes.
Thanks to Arbordale Publishing and Bookpleasures for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.