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Summary: It is a really long way from Riley's house to Borneo! Uncle Max, Aunt Martha, Alice and Riley used almost every type of transportation to get to Gunung Palung National Park! On this trip, in addition to studying and spying jungle animals, Uncle Max is also trying to understand more about strangler figs and fig wasps. This title in the nature/science series takes us to Borneo and teaches us about scientific study, conservation, and animal habitat.
Type of Reading: Anytime reading, family reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: 5 to 10
Age of Child: Started reading with 5½-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Other than the expected "ew, gross" you would expect when reading about dung collection, our child liked this book. S/He always enjoys hearing about the different animals. We had to study the blimp (and answer lots of questions) for a long time.
Adult Reader Reaction: Riley always reminds us how little we know about other parts of the world and the creatures that inhabit the earth. We enjoy the positive stories and the fact that they offer something for all of us when we read together.
Pros: This story is packed with photos, facts, and explanations that can guide children in studying the world around them. The book will appeal to nature lovers, budding scientists and conservationists, adventure-loving kids and their parents.
Borrow or Buy: This would be a buy in our house, but borrow, at least. Operation Orangutan, like the other titles in this series, is packed with interesting information. Fun to share with pre-readers; hours of exploring for independent readers.
Notes: 2008 Gold Recipient: Adventure, Moms Choice Award
Literary Categories: fiction - nature, science, geography, travel, adventure, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: May 2007
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