December 15, 2009

Review: Miracle in Sumatra: The Story of Gutsy Gus by Jeanne McNaney

Because he’s so good at what he does, business in Africa for the aptly named animal trapper, Hunter, has slowed down considerably. That’s when he decides to move his business to Asia. There, in Sumatra, he knows there are enough orangutans to trap and sell to make him a very rich man.

While out looking for breakfast one morning with his parents, the little orangutan named Gus gets sidetracked looking at a little girl named Maya. He sees her and thinks to himself, “What a funny monkey.” and when she tempts him with a banana he gets separated from his parents. But this is a good thing because Hunter is in town and he’s trapped Gus’ parents.

Now with the help of a guardian angel named Gabriella and his new friend Maya Gus will rescue his parents and teach Hunter a lesson he will never forget.

Miracle in Sumatra is a touching story that teaches kids an important lesson. It also gives them a head start at thinking about wildlife and environmental conservation. The illustrations are beautifully done and the characters come to life in the bright colorful pictures. This is one is highly recommended for young readers aged 8 and up.

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