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Shadows in the dawn : the lemurs of Madagascar
Lasky, Kathryn.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Harcourt Brace, [1998]

Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm
Text and photographs follow primatologist Alison Jolly and a group of lemurs on the island of Madagascar, presenting the appearance, behavior, and social structure of these primates.
General Note:
"A Gulliver green book."
Reading Level:
1070 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.6 1.0 30312.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 7.3 4 Quiz: 20322 Guided reading level: Y.

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QL737.P95 L37 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL737.P95 L37 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL737.P95 L37 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL737.P95 L37 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Stunning photographs and evocative text take readers to far-off Madagascar. There, primatologist Alison Jolly dwells and works among lemurs. These fascinating primates live only on the island of Madagascar, where they socialize in troops--and where, like humans, they are often involved in power struggles and family disputes. Threats to the environment have endangered lemurs, but Dr. Jolly hopes that by studying these unusual animals she'll discover ways for people to live in harmony with their distant primate cousins.

Author Notes

Kathryn Lasky was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 24, 1944, and knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she was ten. She majored in English in college and after graduation wrote for various magazines and taught. Her first book, I Have Four Names for My Grandfather, was published while she was teaching.

She has written more than seventy books for children and young adults on everything from historical fiction to picture books and nonfiction books including the Dear America books and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. Many of her books are illustrated with photographs by her husband, Christopher Knight. She has received many awards for her titles including Sugaring Time which was a Newberry Honor Book; The Night Journey which won the National Jewish Book Award for Children; Pageant which was an ALA Notable Children's book; and Beyond the Burning Time which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She has also received the Washington Post's Children's Book Guild Award for her contribution to children's nonfiction. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. In this informative look at an unusual animal, Lasky introduces readers to the lifestyles and habits of lemurs by following primatologist Alison Jolly and her team of researchers. Interesting comparisons between lemurs and humans are drawn along the way: packs claim turf using tactics similar to gang warfare; a mother lemur grieves when a baby is killed. The researchers' awe and wonder will captivate readers, as will their tracking methods. But the real attraction is the furry curiosities themselves. Photos contributed by Christopher Knight perfectly capture the creatures, though the book's lackluster design doesn't do the pictures justice. The afterword, which explains how the lemurs figure into Madagascar's ecological balance, might have been better placed at the front of the book, but that won't stop animal lovers from enjoying the latest effort by a respected writer-photographer team. (Reviewed April 1, 1998)0152002588Kathleen Squires

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-Deep in the forests of Madagascar, lemurs leap through tamarind trees. It is the only place on Earth where the animals, all 30 different species of them, live. Lasky begins this attractive photo-essay by examining the origins and characteristics of the animals, then joins researchers in the field. She describes the work of Malagasy students working with primatologist Alison Jolly, who has studied the animals for 30 years, making new discoveries and dispelling myths about them. The scientist is also searching for clues that these unique creatures offer about the origins of primate life. Knight's excellent-quality, full-color photographs fill the pages with landscapes, close-ups, and lemur interaction. The fluid, but nonlinear text will appeal to nature lovers with some background in the subject matter.-Lisa Wu Stowe, Great Neck Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.