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Suryia Swims!

Suryia Swims!

The True Story of How an Orangutan Learned to Swim

Dr. Bhagavan Antle with Thea Feldman; photographs by Barry Bland

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Kindle, Fixed Layout


Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Holt Books for Young Readers


ISBN: 9781466816930

32 Pages, Ages 4-8

Suryia is not your average orangutan. In the first book about him, Suryia and Roscoe, Suryia found an unusual best friend: a dog named Roscoe. Now Suryia jumps into an unusual new hobby: swimming!

Orangutans don't swim; it doesn't come naturally to them. But Suryia shows that adventures await those who are willing to try something new.

Set on a preserve for endangered animals, The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.), here is another true tale of an original orangutan—the first ever known to swim!


Praise for Suryia Swims!

“Fans of Suryia and his canine pal, Roscoe, will surely enjoy this…” —School Library Journal

“Suryia's interactions with his pool pals will bring smiles to the faces of animal lovers young and old.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Fans of cute animal books will be delighted.” —Booklist on Suryia and Roscoe

“Young animal lovers . . . will be eager to read about this unlikely pairing between a stray dog and an orangutan in a wildlife preserve. . . . The clean, photo album–like design, high-interest topic, accessible text and captivating images will likely garner Suryia and Roscoe legions of new friends.” —Kirkus Reviews on Suryia and Roscoe

“The engaging animals will appeal to children.” —School Library Journal on Suryia and Roscoe

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of SURYIA SWIMS! . Suryia the orangutan learns to swim in this fascinating story that features appealing photographs of the amazing ape swimming with his trainer and an array of other animals that live in the same nature preserve. - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Dr. Bhagavan Antle with Thea Feldman; photographs by Barry Bland

Bhagavan "Doc" Antle is the founder and director of T.I.G.E.R.S. (The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) and the RSF (Rare Species Fund). He is widely recognized as one of the foremost animal trainers in the world.

Thea Feldman has written and edited many popular children's books. She has also worked at the Wildlife Conservation Society, where she wrote about the animals in the Society's five urban wildlife parks in New York City.

Barry Bland started his photographic career as a sports photographer and now specializes in animal-based editorial features. His work has been published in hundreds of national newspapers and magazines around the world.

Dr. Bhagavan Antle

Thea Feldman

Thea Feldman

From the Publisher

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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