Karen's Heart: The True Story of a Brave Baby Orangutan

2018 Silver Winner - Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Awards

2019 NAPPA Awards winner!

“We’re thrilled to honor the Hope and Inspiration Children’s Book Collection,” says NAPPA Awards Director Elena Epstein. “Georgeanne Irvine and her team give us an intimate and detailed look at these animals and their unique stories. Each book is a charming blend of facts, engaging personal stories and lots of heart and compassion. The plush animal characters created for each book are adorable and a perfect companion for the books.” 

NPPA National Parenting Product Awards.

 

It started with a murmur and ended with a cheer! This colorful, hardcover, children’s book is the true story of Karen, a Sumatran orangutan at the San Diego Zoo, who won the hearts of everyone around her while she was growing up. It chronicles her short stay in the Zoo’s baby animal nursery, her reintroduction to her orangutan family, and then her brave journey through history-making open heart surgery and a challenging recovery. 

Karen’s poignant story, written by Georgeanne Irvine, is illustrated with engaging photographs, and includes a section featuring fun facts about orangutans.  Karen’s Heart, published by San Diego Zoo Global Press, is part of its new San Diego Zoo Kids Hope and Inspiration Series

Consider adding our Karen the Orangutan Plush to make an inspiring gift bundle.

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See what our readers have to say... 

“Children facing any surgery will especially identify with Karen’s bravery in this encouraging and loving true story. Every hospital should have this book available in their children’s wing!”  Kris Flynn, retired educator and reading specialist, San Diego County Office of Education and WestEd

 “The Hope and Inspiration books, including Karen’s Heart, have been read with tears in my eyes, a tremendous feeling of love, and hope for humanity. They gave me the “lift in my soul” that I needed.”  Marcia Cooper, a great aunt in Denver, Colorado

 

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