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What is a primate?
Kalman, Bobbie.
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Publication Information:
New York : Crabtree Pub. Co., [1999]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
Examines the physiology, feeding and reproductive habits, and social behavior of each group of primates, including chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas, gibbons, Old World and New World monkeys, marmosets, and humans.
Reading Level:
NC 860 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.1 0.5 29901.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 2.5 3 Quiz: 18906.

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QL737.P9 K245 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL737.P9 K245 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL737.P9 K245 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL737.P9 K245 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Young readers will go bananas for What is a Primate? From the lemurs of Madagascar to the gentle gorillas of Africa, this book describes the reproduction, communication, feeding, and complex social structures of these amazing animals.

Author Notes

Bobbie Kalman was born in Hungary in 1947. She escaped with her family to Austria during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. The family spent several weeks there as refugees before immigrating to North America. Her book, Refugee Child, is based on this account. She has degrees in English, psychology and education, and has taught at both the elementary and secondary level. She has also worked as an educational assistant for several publishing companies. She is the author and publisher of over 800 books for children. Her books are sought after because she writes within specific curriculum needs, making the titles very popular in schools and public libraries. Her works include The Early Settler Life series, The Historic Communities series, The Native Nations of North America series, The Lands, Peoples, and Cultures series, and The Science of Living Things series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-This slim introduction does a so-so job. Double-page spreads incorporate tiny sound bites of information organized in captioned paragraphs and attractive full-color photos accompanied by boxed captions. The two-page chapters provide general information on primates and the different species including gorillas, gibbons, orangutans, chimpanzees, and bonobos. When readers are told "Our [primate] thumbs allow us to pick up and hold objects. Animals without opposable thumbs cannot do this," they may wonder about the manual dexterity of raccoons, and possibly parrots, whose clumsy looking claws can nimbly handle a slippery sunflower seed. Unfamiliar terms are emphasized in dark type, and are then defined in the text or the glossary. Consider instead Thane Maynard's slightly more difficult Primates (Watts, 1997). Informative, attractive, and well written, it includes all the data found in What Is a Primate? and more.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.