Suryia & Roscoe: the true story of an unlikely friendship; 4 out of 5 stars #bookaday

Suryia & Roscoe: the true story of an unlikely friendship book cover

by Bhagavan Antle with Thea Feldman; photographs by Barry Bland
Henry Holt and Co., New York, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8050-9316-2
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm
Dewey: 599.883
Subject: Narrative nonfiction; unlikely animal friendship
Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 2.0
Lexile measure: 430
4 out of 5 stars

Summary from the publisher: “Who can imagine an orangutan being friends with a dog? Is it even possible? With Suryia and Roscoe it is! Dogs and orangutans rarely meet, and when they do, they are naturally shy around each other. But when Suryia the orangutan first meets Roscoe, a stray dog, they become best friends from the start. Set on a preserve for rare animals, The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.) in South Carolina, here is a true story of a remarkable friendship between two unforgettable animals.”

Evaluation: This lower level text is brimming with the author’s excitement, and when read out loud with enthusiasm, will quickly capture children’s attention. The text reads like a conversation and details when Roscoe, the dog, first met Suryia, the orangutan. Children will love all the photographs of the two friends.

There is an author’s note in the back that provides more information about the wildlife preserve where Suryia and Roscoe live, as well as a map indicating where orangutans live in the wild. If you are reading to a group, the map is a little too small for listeners to view without placing it on a document camera.

The engaging topic, fun text, and silly photographs all combine to make this a hit as a read-aloud for younger children.

One thought on “Suryia & Roscoe: the true story of an unlikely friendship; 4 out of 5 stars #bookaday”

  1. I have to read this book now! I remember a few years ago there was a commercial featuring these two! I believe it was for Android maybe? I also saw them in a documentary on unlikely animal friendships and they won me over. I’m so glad I know that there is an entire book written about them. 🙂 My nieces are obsessed with animals, and this sounds like a great read-aloud that I can share with them.


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