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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Suryia and Roscoe: The True Story of an Unlikely Friendship

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    Cutesy story. I had no idea this preserve existed so close to me, right in Myrtle Beach! I'm less than an hour away. I'll have to go check it out Cutesy story. I had no idea this preserve existed so close to me, right in Myrtle Beach! I'm less than an hour away. I'll have to go check it out

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen A.

    I admit to being partial to this particular book because it has a hound. Not just any hound, a Bluetick Coon Hound, which we used to own. The beautiful pictures in this book capture exactly the 'hound' attitude towards life. It is no surprise that a Blue Tick wanders aimlessly into a exotic animal rescue park, thought the author seems surprised, hound lovers will know that Roscoe (as he is christened by the park) was just being a hound i.e. wandering very far far from home on the trail of someth I admit to being partial to this particular book because it has a hound. Not just any hound, a Bluetick Coon Hound, which we used to own. The beautiful pictures in this book capture exactly the 'hound' attitude towards life. It is no surprise that a Blue Tick wanders aimlessly into a exotic animal rescue park, thought the author seems surprised, hound lovers will know that Roscoe (as he is christened by the park) was just being a hound i.e. wandering very far far from home on the trail of something. What is more surprising is that Roscoe stays. Presumably because of his friendship with the adorable Orangatang, Suryia. This is more than a gimmick book. It is well written and the photography compliments the story well and gets across the idea of a real friendship between the two most unlikely candidates.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)

    For more info and reviews please visit my Book Review Blog here - A Life Bound By Books Suryia & Roscoe is filled with cute pictures and the story of an orangutan and its dog and the two look like the best of friends. Yes, you read that correctly! It’s the pictures for me that are more what the book is all about. However, the preserve that they live on is the most important part of their story. Thought it’s not mentioned much, it’s there enough to get you thinking and maybe have kids asking m For more info and reviews please visit my Book Review Blog here - A Life Bound By Books Suryia & Roscoe is filled with cute pictures and the story of an orangutan and its dog and the two look like the best of friends. Yes, you read that correctly! It’s the pictures for me that are more what the book is all about. However, the preserve that they live on is the most important part of their story. Thought it’s not mentioned much, it’s there enough to get you thinking and maybe have kids asking more questions about the world and the endangered animals in it. My niece is a huge fan of primates anytime she visits the zoo, so this book was a big hit with her. I’m always excited to share books with the kids in our family and this cute story about friendship is just another one that we can read together.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I admit it--I just get a kick out of the pictures, whether the "story" is true or not. Although, Roscoe the blue-tick bloodhound does seem to like Suriya the orangutan. I mean, a monkey trying to feed a dog a banana--what's cuter than that!? I admit it--I just get a kick out of the pictures, whether the "story" is true or not. Although, Roscoe the blue-tick bloodhound does seem to like Suriya the orangutan. I mean, a monkey trying to feed a dog a banana--what's cuter than that!?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Love love love this book, this story - the place it happens, the man who wrote it. Roscoe is a very lucky dog!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Cute easy text. Who knew that orangutans could have cheesy smiles for the camera?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Linda Atkinson

    Barry Bland's photographs are outstanding. Simple text that tells a wonderful story of friendship. Barry Bland's photographs are outstanding. Simple text that tells a wonderful story of friendship.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sunah Chung

    Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe the dog become friends. This nonfiction picture book is about their story. The story was about the unique friendship of two animals that would not normally become friends in the wild. Authentic photographs delivered their relationship and it was exciting to read their happy faces on the photos. The story was appealing and touching, but I could not see the message throughout the book until the end with the author’s note. I’d like to emphasize the reality of endange Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe the dog become friends. This nonfiction picture book is about their story. The story was about the unique friendship of two animals that would not normally become friends in the wild. Authentic photographs delivered their relationship and it was exciting to read their happy faces on the photos. The story was appealing and touching, but I could not see the message throughout the book until the end with the author’s note. I’d like to emphasize the reality of endangered species such as orangutans because that is the reason why Suryia lived at the wildlife preserve in South Carolina where the two animals met.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    An orangutan and a lost dog become the best of friends at an animal preserve for endangered animals.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tiffiny

    Another cute one in this series!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Great photographs

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maria Menia

    Suryia & Roscoe- The True Story of an Unlikely Friendship is a narrative nonfiction story about two unlikely friends. A dog named Roscoe and an Orangutan named Suryia. The book follows their life together including how they meet, eat and play together. I chose this book because I love Orangutans and Dogs and thought It would be a great read; which it is. Grade 2 reading level. I would use this book in the classroom to inspire my students to make friends that are different from them.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Croaning

    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 rarel 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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    Stories about unusual friendships between different animal species always warm the heart, even when the visual evidence is manufactured. The photos in this book are all clearly staged, yet that does not eliminate their cuteness factor. It is noted on the DJ that Antle is one of the foremost animal trainers in the world, so that is certainly significant. The setting is a wildlife preserve in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where the animals are allowed to live lives of comfort and peace. The offic Stories about unusual friendships between different animal species always warm the heart, even when the visual evidence is manufactured. The photos in this book are all clearly staged, yet that does not eliminate their cuteness factor. It is noted on the DJ that Antle is one of the foremost animal trainers in the world, so that is certainly significant. The setting is a wildlife preserve in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where the animals are allowed to live lives of comfort and peace. The official name is T. I. G. E. R. S. (The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) and it was founded by Antle in order to provide support for endangered species. This book contains several very attractive photos of Suryia and Roscoe and the text is written at the level of the second grader. It is a nice children’s story for bedtime or other winding down the child activities.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    LOVE the photos. And while it made it a little less interesting for myself as an older reader (considerably less detail than some of the other "unusual animal friendship" books on the market) that is exactly what made it accessible to younger readers. Not so much text (and relatively simple vocabulary) means they could actually read it! Not a beginner book by any means ... but two to three sentences per page (plus a few with more) means ... oh, what. An on target second grader? Or maybe mid-year LOVE the photos. And while it made it a little less interesting for myself as an older reader (considerably less detail than some of the other "unusual animal friendship" books on the market) that is exactly what made it accessible to younger readers. Not so much text (and relatively simple vocabulary) means they could actually read it! Not a beginner book by any means ... but two to three sentences per page (plus a few with more) means ... oh, what. An on target second grader? Or maybe mid-year second grader, anyway. Doable as a read aloud to younger children without having to considerably edit or summarize the text.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mia Balsamo

    PB48: A very cute nonfiction picturebook. I am a sap when it comes to animals, dogs and monkeys actually being my favorite so this picturebook just touched my heart. It shows the how friends can be found in the most unlikely people. The pictures are adorable and I think it is impossible to look through the picturebook without smiling. The text probably could have been better, but everyone is so distracted by the cuteness of the pictures the words barely matter. I would recommend to all pet lover PB48: A very cute nonfiction picturebook. I am a sap when it comes to animals, dogs and monkeys actually being my favorite so this picturebook just touched my heart. It shows the how friends can be found in the most unlikely people. The pictures are adorable and I think it is impossible to look through the picturebook without smiling. The text probably could have been better, but everyone is so distracted by the cuteness of the pictures the words barely matter. I would recommend to all pet lovers!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Suryia the orangutan was busily playing with Bubbles the elephant at the wildlife preserve in South Carolina when a stray dog found his way onto the preserve. What follows is the true story of this unusual friendship, illustrated by photographs which capture it all. The photos were my favorite; Suryia poses for photos with the cheesiest grins and the funniest faces. A sweet, true story. Recommend to all animal lovers.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Lee

    This is a story about the unique relationship that is formed between an orangutan and a dog. This funny part about this story is the the dog is that animal that weasels his way into the family of animals that live on an animal preserve. The animals form a very unusual bond that helps them both. I would use this when retelling facts.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    This would be a great book to share with kids of all ages. It's longer than I'd use in a regular storytime, but could be read to kinder's or 1st graders. The text is simple enough for kids a little older to read on their own and the story is sweet and heartwarming--and something most kids would like to learn about. This would be a great book to share with kids of all ages. It's longer than I'd use in a regular storytime, but could be read to kinder's or 1st graders. The text is simple enough for kids a little older to read on their own and the story is sweet and heartwarming--and something most kids would like to learn about.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karen Arendt

    A cute nonfiction book about an unusual friendship, similar to Tara and Bella. The photographs show a beautiful dog, but the pictures seem posed rather than candid. Overall, a good nonfiction book to introduce to kindergarten or first grade. Text is somewhat simplified for second grade and up.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shelli

    aaaaawwwwwwwwwww!!!! Who wouldn't want to read a true story about a unconventional duo like Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe the stray dog. This friendship begins on a wildlife preserve in South Carolina. Adorable photographs that each make your heart melt. O the cuteness! aaaaawwwwwwwwwww!!!! Who wouldn't want to read a true story about a unconventional duo like Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe the stray dog. This friendship begins on a wildlife preserve in South Carolina. Adorable photographs that each make your heart melt. O the cuteness!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marcie

    I think maybe I'll need a new shelf about animal friends of different species, or maybe just Owen and Mzeee Alikes. Anyway, this one is OK but could have benefited from better writing and more story. The photographs will keep kids attention and I guess it could be a personal narrative model. I think maybe I'll need a new shelf about animal friends of different species, or maybe just Owen and Mzeee Alikes. Anyway, this one is OK but could have benefited from better writing and more story. The photographs will keep kids attention and I guess it could be a personal narrative model.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Delightful true story about a stray dog who wandered into a rare animal preserve and immediately became friends with an orangutan. Super photographs of the animals together. Students who love animals will adore this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Holly Thompson

    The real photographs of the animals in this book are awesome! I can't say I am a big animal fan, but learning just a little bit about some animals that I don't see except for in a zoo was kind of fun. This book will make you want to hug an orangutan or your dog! The real photographs of the animals in this book are awesome! I can't say I am a big animal fan, but learning just a little bit about some animals that I don't see except for in a zoo was kind of fun. This book will make you want to hug an orangutan or your dog!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    PB#32: This picturebook was so cute! It was an adorable story about an unexpected friendship that serves as a great example to encourage kids to think outside the box. It was well written with wonderful supplemental photographs!

  26. 5 out of 5

    jennyreadit

    Not only is this the story of a wildlife preserve in my own state, but the photographs are brilliant, engaging and could stand alone as the story. Any child or adult will enjoy this true story of friendship between Suryia the orangutan and how he found his best friend, Roscoe the dog.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    As much as I love inspiring books about animals, the writing in this book didn't make me feel anything. The pictures were cute but that was about it. As much as I love inspiring books about animals, the writing in this book didn't make me feel anything. The pictures were cute but that was about it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    While the topic is overdone, the book will be enjoyed by children.

  29. 5 out of 5

    ReadingWench

    Such a cute story about unlikely friends. AR 2.3

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Yea its a children's book, but youve gotta have a heart of cold black stone to not be moved by these photos. Its an orangutan and a dog that are best friends! It's just about the cutest thing ever! Yea its a children's book, but youve gotta have a heart of cold black stone to not be moved by these photos. Its an orangutan and a dog that are best friends! It's just about the cutest thing ever!

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