Monday, March 8, 2010

Miracle in Sumatra: The Story of Gutsy Gus

I have been intrigued by the great apes ever since my days as an anthropology student. The gentle and peaceable nature of the mountain gorilla, the curiosity and ingenuity of chimpanzees and the mysterious red-haired orangutan are our close relations and though they are so very like us we continue to be the cause of their endangerment. It is the hope of activist and author Jeanne McNaney “that our children become aware, that as the next generation of the world, they can do their part in helping to preserve our animals and our environment.” It is this hope which spawned the conception of the inspiring children’s book Miracle in Sumatra: The Story of Gutsy Gus.

Miracle in Sumatra: The Story of Gutsy Gus teaches children the significance of conservation and wildlife preservation capturing their minds and hearts through a touching and well woven tale of Gus, a baby orangutan whose family has been threatened. My daughters were drawn into the suspense of the story immediately and my five year old soon became worried and feared for Gus and his family. I had to stop to explain that I was sure his family would be rescued. She then thoroughly enjoyed the ensuing action.

Though the story is long it held the interest of my daughters entirely and it is enhanced by beautiful full colour illustrations. As an educator and parent I appreciate and respect the values of compassion and forgiveness, kindness and advocacy for environment little Gus inspires in all who read Miracle in Sumatra.

Gutsy little Gus perseveres on his quest to save his parents from greedy trappers. Maya, a little girl aids Gus in his mission and soon learns about the plight of the orangutan first hand. With a little magic and a miracle Maya determines that though she is young and small she can be as gutsy as Gus and stand up for what she believes in!

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