A touching and inspiring story that teaches children a valuable lesson is what you’ll find in Miracle in Sumatra: The Story of Gutsy Gus by Jeanne McNaney.
Gus is a Sumatran orangutan whose parents are captured by trappers while he is off playing with Maya, a human friend he discovered in the forest. Afraid and unsure what to do, Gabriella, protector of the land, appears to Gus and Maya and offers to help them. But nether Gus, nor Maya, expect what happens next. Can one brave little girl and a small orangutan really make a difference?
Miracle in Sumatra is an engaging and wonderful way to teach your children about the plight of Sumatran oranguntans and destruction of our natural resources. In this one book, author and activist, McNaney shows children how even they can make a difference in the world. My daughters, 8 and 6, both loved Gus’s story, and have asked me to read it numerous times.
The illustrations provided by French artist David Cochard are absolutely stunning, especially the drawings of Gabriella. Through his illustrations, Cochard has brought this story to life in vivid detail with so many emotions shown on these characters’ faces and the beautiful landscape captured page after page.
While young readers won’t know they’re learning, parents will certainly be pleased with what they are instilling in their children while sitting down to read Miracle of Sumatra with them.
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