Baby Aviva Orangutan Diva
by Hans Kullberg, Carl Mefferd (illustrator)
A beautifully illustrated, rhyming children’s book about female heroism, teamwork, finding inner courage and staying true to one’s self to conquer fears and overcome long odds.
Baby Aviva is a young orangutan full of life, swinging through the trees and singing her heart out. One day, her tummy starts rumbling and she looks for bananas but there are none to be found. Her mother tells her “it's true” they are out of bananas and they must cross the river to get more. The problem is there are crocodiles and a tiger in the way. Aviva shows her courage with the help of her friend Sofia the elephant as they go to the river to cross. Sofia helps her across the river and goes it alone the rest of the way. There she is confronted by the tiger. Aviva stays true to herself and begins to sing. The tiger’s feet begin to dance. Then it turns into a full out dance. The two become friends and enjoy a snack together. Then Tito the tiger tells Aviva to bring some bananas home across the trees.
I LOVED this book. Everything about it is perfectly done. The story is great, the rhyming is amazing, and the illustrations are awesome. I love the full page illustrations with such great detail. My daughter loved yelling out “he’s dancing. The tiger is dancing.” The book really touched me as I read this to my 2 year old daughter. When you read the last page about how this book is a tribute made by the father to little Aviva who passed away at only 10 months, it brought tears to my eyes. I think this is an amazing tribute and what a wonderful job you did. This will be a classic story in my family for years to come.
A portion of the proceeds from the book will go towards funding a Women in Science Scholarship Fund, set up in honor of Aviva.
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