Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Let's Make a Difference: We Can Help Orangutans, by Gabriella Francine and Solara Vayanian

Let's Make a Difference:
We Can Help Orangutans 
Authors: Gabriella Francine and Solara Vayanian 
Publisher: BBM Books 
Publication Date: October 1, 2013

My three-year-old (well, she'll be four by the time this review is published, but she was three when we first read it) and I both loved this book, with its big, glossy photos of mother and baby orangutans. It has a lot of information about things that threaten orangutan habitats and how we can help. 

I do wish it had gone further though. As Magda pointed out, it looked like all of the photographs were just of the same mother and baby and she wasn't sure if there were any adult male orangutans pictured at all (I think she's right). 

The advice for how kids can help is limited to things like gathering change from couch cushions to send to charity organizations. After reading Joe the Monkey Learns to Share, from the Money Mammals series, Magda and I were both filled with ideas about having "Spend-Share-Save" jars so children can make charity a regular part of their money management, even at a young age (an idea that we did adapt at home). So by comparison, this seemed like limited advice, especially considering it's supposed to be a "Coins for Causes" book.

Overall, it's great BUT I wish it had included a lot more information. There are ways to make it accessible to both very young and much older kids, by including both large photos AND extra information (in the back or in information boxes). 
Also, and this is a little thing, the kids in the pictures (which were cartoon drawings) all had t-shirts on them that promoted either Batman or video games. WHY?? It was an odd choice.

Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.


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