ISBN-13: 9780981453460
Publisher: Ovation Books
Published: October 2009
Illustrated by David Cochard
32 pgs
Ages 4-8
Source: Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists

Hello, everyone! Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog! I hope you have a wonderful week! I am currently enjoying my leave off, spending time with my family and guess what, I managed to squeeze in some time for my reading! I finished reading Miracle in Sumatra yesterday and enjoyed it very much! My five-year-old daughter has been intrigued with this book ever since she saw me taking it out from the package I received two days ago and I told her I will share the story with her after I have read and review it (Many thanks to Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists for sending this book to me for review!).

So what is this book about? Basically it is a story about a young orangutan named Gutsy Gus and his courageous deed of saving his parents. One day, while he is out playing, his parents are captured by an animal trapper named Hunter. Hunter does not only capture orangutans, but he also capture chimpanzees, gorillas and even bonobos. However, he is not satisfied with his finds, and he wants to capture more. He decided to leave for Asia, Sumatra where there are enough orangutans for him to catch, but what he did not know is that the jungles of Asia had a protector (an angel) named Gabriella. She is the heavenly angel who watches over the forests of Sumatra.

Before Gus' parents are captured, little Gus is playing and he met a human girl named Maya. Maya's father is the boss of men who chopped down trees and sold them for wood to build houses and boats, and during an exploration trip she met Gus and is very fascinated by him. She offers a banana to him, and soon Gus follows her through the forest, happy to have her as a new friend. At this time, his parents are captured while looking for him and it is soon after that Gus and Maya heard the cries of his parents.

Gabriella knew about the trouble and offers an advice to Gus and Maya, for both of them have to work together to save Gus' parents.

Miracle in Sumatra: The Story of Gutsy Gus is both an entertaining and an educational read as it inspire young readers to be courageous and caring (there is a scene towards the end that touches me deeply) while in addition raises awareness about the environment and love and care for the endangered species (in this case the orangutans). Besides the enchanting story, I also loved the bright and colourful illustrations by David Cochard which further made this book lively and enjoyable. Miracle in Sumatra is definitely a keeper and I have a feeling that my daughter will love it too (she was born in the Year of Monkey and in her opinion, orangutans and monkeys are all the same).

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! May the warmth of this holiday season fill your home with books and happiness!

The True Spirit of Christmas
by Marajo Tenderass

Lots of people
Crowds everywhere
Rushing and pushing and shoving,
Going nowhere.
It's Christmas time again
Have to get all those things done
Hustle, bustle, quickly,
We must beat the sun.
Must get this and must get that
Maybe this nic, maybe that nak
When did it happen?
When did we lose track...
It's a race, yes it is
We are running, yes we are
But lets not forget
Before we get too far-
What is really really important
Doesn't take much to figure out
Take time to love
and love from the heart.

12 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    That book sounds pretty cute...the book's friend is pretty cute, too.

    Enjoy your holidays!

  2. Julia Says:

    Look like you had some good reading with your daughter. Nothing is much better then sharing the reading with your loves one :) So glad you enjoy the book!

    I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hope to see you REAL SOON!

  3. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    What a sweet book! I was offered the opportunity, but passed because of my serious holiday overload! My loss! Have a wonderful holiday Melody!

  4. Anna Says:

    Glad to see you liked this one. I plan to review it with my daughter after the holidays.

    Enjoy your blogging break, and have a wonderful Christmas.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  5. Ana S. Says:

    Aww, the book sounds adorable. And Merry Christmas to you too, my friend :D

  6. Ladytink_534 Says:

    The illustrations look like the best part. Sounds like a great story for young kids.

    Merry Christmas to you as well!

  7. Beth F Says:

    Merry merry Christmas to you!!!! Hope the day is everything you want it to be.

  8. Melody Says:

    Jill, Julia - Yes, the story is cute! My daughter loved it too!

    Sandy - I'm trying to catch up on my reading! I still have one more review book pending, and it does not help with the upcoming holidays and all.

    Anna - I hope you and your daughter will enjoy this book! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it.

    Nymeth - Indeed it's adorable! :)

    Jen - Yes, the illustrations are another bonus of this book!

    Beth - Thank you! The same goes to you too!

    I'd like to wish everyone a Merry, Merry Christmas!! :)

  9. Iliana Says:

    Merry Christmas, Melody! I love that True Spirit of Christmas - so true.

    Hope you are enjoying your blogging break and having a wonderful time with your family.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Merry Christmas!

  11. This sounds like a great book, Melody. I hope your daughter enjoys it as much as you did.

    I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas.

  12. The Bookworm Says:

    The book sounds really cute!
    And I hope you had a Merry Christmas :)

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