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You Can Be a Primatologist: Exploring Monkeys and Apes with Dr. Jill Pruetz

National Geographic. Apr. 2020. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781426337543.
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Gr 2-4–Being a primatologist is as difficult as it is rewarding. Dr. Jill Pruetz studies and observes the primates near the village of Fongoli in Senegal because relatively little is known about them or how they live their lives. Each day, the author and her team walk for miles and take notes as they make new observations about these fascinating animals. Through this research, primatologists hope that more actions will be taken to preserve the lives of primates around the world. Told in a mix of narrative and factual presentation, the book engages a wide range of readers. Varying font sizes and colors coupled with vivid, full-color photographs create visual appeal. The endpapers are filled with silhouettes of many different kinds of primates, setting the tone for the text within. The end of the book outlines what children can do if they are interested in becoming primatologists. From reading to natural observation, young readers have much at their disposal to learn about animals and enhance their observational skills. A glossary ensures comprehension of the new concepts introduced.
VERDICT This worthy library addition serves to both educate and inspire young readers in the effort to preserve primates and their habitat well into the future.

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