Project Description

Little Sibu

by Sally Grindley
illustrated by John Butler

Enjoy this heartwarming tale of a young orangutan growing up and learning to live on his own.

Little Sibu, a playful orangutan, enjoys his life in the tropical Indonesian rainforest under the protective gaze of his mother, Hati. Each night he returns to the safe haven of his mother’s nest. But when Little Sibu turns seven years old, Hati realizes that he must learn to care for himself. He quickly discovers how to make his way in the world around him.

Through this captivating story, author Sally Grindley presents a factually accurate portrayal of the everyday life of an orangutan. John Butler’s colorful and dramatic illustrations will encourage readers to swing through the treetops with Little Sibu and his family.

This book is out of print

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-196-8
Publication Date: 3/1/1999
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 9-3/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English

AR Level: 4.1
F&P: GRL M, Gr 2, Genre F
Themes: Animal Families, Endangered Species, Orangutans


“Without preaching about the environment, the book admirably strengthens the bond between human and orangutan.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The series of animal books by Sally Grindley and John Butler is one of the finest I’ve ever seen! The stories are not only wonderfully written, but are also technically accurate in their descriptions of daily life in the animal world. The illustrations couldn’t be better” ―Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, Host of “Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures” TV series

“Sally Grindley and John Butler’s beautiful and moving stories will help inspire a new generation of careful stewards of our precious and fragile world.” ―Kathryn S. Fuller, President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund

“The book’s interesting plot, beautiful illustrations, and important topic of endangered animals make it a valuable resource. Highly recommended.” ―Library Talk

Meet the Author

Sally Grindley is the author of numerous books for children. She lives in England. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

John Butler has written more than a dozen books for children and illustrated over sixty. His books have been published in more than twenty countries and won awards such as the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award, IRA Teachers’ Choice Awards, and Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year. He has had a long career in illustration, working for a very wide range of clients including Time magazine, “Sesame Street,” and the Sunday Times. He lives in England. You can visit his website here.