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Ape [Hardcover]

Martin Jenkins , Vicky White
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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5 Nov 2007
This is an awe-inspiring picture book about the world's great apes. Orang-utan, Chimp, Bonobo, Gorilla - the great apes are some of the biggest and most extraordinary animals on our planet. Meet all four in this stunningly illustrated, large-format picture book, and find out how the fifth great ape - the human - impacts on the lives of these increasingly rare species.


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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (5 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406303763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406303766
  • Product Dimensions: 60 x 31.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An awe-inspiring picture book about the world's great apes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Martin Jenkins is a conservation biologist and consultant for the WCMC, a UN organization concerned with conservation and the environment. He has won several awards for his work including the 1998 TES Information Book of the Year Junior Award for The Emperor's Egg, and he is the reteller of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver (9781406301748), illustrated by Chris Riddell, which won the 2005 Kate Greenaway Medal. He lives in Cambridge. Vicky White worked as a zookeeper looking after the great apes at Cheshire Zoo - where she couldn't keep from drawing them! This is her first book for children. She lives in Surrey.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars English Association Best Books Award Winner 25 July 2008
Format:Hardcover
Winner of the English 4-11 2007 Award for Key Stage 1 Non-Fiction
"Swinging and stomping,
chattering and playing,
eating and sleeping..."

These are the things that the five great apes love to do. This exciting book combines arresting images and an interesting written text to tell us about the increasingly rare Orang-utan, Chimp, Bonobo and Gorilla. It then explains that we human beings are the fifth member of the great ape family and the one least under threat of extinction. Large double page spreads, with print and pictures springing from a white background, have the generosity of space needed to give us a sense of the size and vigour of these animals. The large Orang-utan leans out from a tree branch, her baby clinging to her chest. Two chimps are shown in intense concentration using a long blade of grass as a tool to entice termites from their mound. The habitats of the different apes are subtly indicated. The large format, excellent variety of print of different sizes and fonts and exceptionally affecting pictures make this an ideal book for the 5-8 age range to share and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 12 Nov 2007
Format:Hardcover
Ape is a beautifully original picture book concept full to the brim with
spellbindingly intense animal portaits. The lyrical quality of Martin Jenkin's text perfectly compliments Vicky White's exquisite illustrations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ape 25 April 2011
Format:Paperback
Will you go ape for Ape?

In an age where we are two clicks of an opposable thumb away from watching live primates any non fiction book, especially one on offer for 10.99, needs to have instant yet enduring appeal.

Aping somewhat the look of an old fashioned children's book (i.e. from the days when a evocative illustration fired an imagination in an encyclopaedia) "Ape" (text by Martin Jenkins-former TES Information Book of the Year award winner) is aimed at young readers (6 up). It relies for much of its appeal on the apt illustrations ably added by Vicky White. However, despite the generous size of the book which lends the illustrations gravitas, it remains a lightweight read and may not sufficiently enthral to be worthy of the hefty guide price.

That's not to say your little monkeys will not enjoy such a book- they will, and will grub out some interesting facts from its pages- it even has a mini index as all good scientific reads should. However, you don't have to be Bobo to realise that if its apes you're after, you shall soon wish to branch out - and therein lies the book's failure- as it will be webcams and photos children'll seek.

Like a vestigial tail, this book is something we don't really need. Yet, as anyone who ever bangs their coccyx knows, once reminded of its existence, it isn't easy to forget- and those who enjoy it, seeing it in a school library, will wish to own it themselves. Additionally, I suspect there will be those who recognise this book as a distant relative of books they read as children and will buy it as a gift for their own for that reason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ape more than exceeded my expectations 3 Jun 2013
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Wonderful illustrations, informative readable text. Great introduction to the story of our lives for all children (and adults). Good quality book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 11 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Really beautiful pics and nice explanations. Great for any animal loving child. Recommended to all. Not sure what else to say but review needs more words to get published.
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