Are You a Primate?
Hi, it's your favorite Youth Services librarian again, Mrs. Seuss. You know, now that school has started, I am all excited about learning again. I have been walking the stacks (that's library talk for the book shelves), and surfing the web looking for what I could share with you. Don't you worry, I came up with a whole bunch of things that caught my interest.
One of my favorite animals (besides elephants, dolphins, giraffes) are primates. Not familiar with what a primate is, well let my friend the Oxford Dictionary enlighten you. Ox -
Hello, Mrs. S. Thanks for having me. The word primate is a noun. It's definition is: a mammal of an order that includes the lemurs, bushbabies, tarsiers, marmosets, monkeys, apes, and humans. They are distinguished by having hands, hand-like feet, and forward-facing eyes, and, with the exception of humans, are typically agile tree-dwellers.
Wow, Ox! I forgot that I was part of the primate family. Fascinating! Maybe that's why my favorite book series as a young child was Curious George. Our 500 nonfiction section houses a multitude of books about primates. Did you know that some primates, such as apes, are endangered? You could check out some books about primates to find out some more information about them and then follow that up with a trip to the Brookfield Zoo's Tropic World and see them in person.
Besides Curious George, there is another famous primate main character that you MUST read when you have the chance. Author Katherine Applegate wrote the story of Ivan the Gorilla, in The One and Only Ivan. It's the 2013 Newbery Award winner and the second place book in the 2015 Caudill Awards (it missed first place by a mere 20 votes). It is one of my all-time favorites that both children and adults tend to love. While the novel is fiction, the story is based on a real-life gorilla named Ivan who lived at a shopping mall and then later was moved to the Atlanta Zoo. Since the novel was so well received, Ms. Applegate wrote a nonfiction picture book about Ivan's life. And YES, we own it.
So satisfy that wild side of you and swing on over to the library. Ask any of the Youth Services staff to help you prowl down the 500 aisle in search of information about your primate relatives!
Ivan the Gorilla video
2013 Newbery Award Medal
Curious George books