Stunning photographs and evocative text take readers to far-off Madagascar. There, primatologist Alison Jolly dwells and works among lemurs. These fascinating primates live only on the island of Madagascar, where they socialize in troops--and where, like humans, they are often involved in power struggles and family disputes. Threats to the environment have endangered lemurs, but Dr. Jolly hopes that by studying these unusual animals she’ll discover ways for people to live in harmony with their distant primate cousins.
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KATHRYN LASKY's many books for young people have received such honors as the Parents' Choice Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and a Newbery Honor citation. Her picture books include The Emperor's Old Clothes, illustrated by David Catrow; A Brilliant Streak: The Making of Mark Twain, illustrated by Barry Moser; and Marven of the Great North Woods, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. <br>www.xensei.com/users/newfilm/homelsk.htmFrom Booklist:
Gr. 4^-6. In this informative look at an unusual animal, Lasky introduces readers to the lifestyles and habits of lemurs by following primatologist Alison Jolly and her team of researchers. Interesting comparisons between lemurs and humans are drawn along the way: packs claim turf using tactics similar to gang warfare; a mother lemur grieves when a baby is killed. The researchers' awe and wonder will captivate readers, as will their tracking methods. But the real attraction is the furry curiosities themselves. Photos contributed by Christopher Knight perfectly capture the creatures, though the book's lackluster design doesn't do the pictures justice. The afterword, which explains how the lemurs figure into Madagascar's ecological balance, might have been better placed at the front of the book, but that won't stop animal lovers from enjoying the latest effort by a respected writer-photographer team. Kathleen Squires
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Book Description Gulliver Books Paperbacks, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110152002812
Book Description Sandpiper, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0152002812