Recent Reviews of Doyli to the Rescue

We’re getting wonderful reviews of Doyli to the Rescue: Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon, the first book in Cathleen Burnham’s outstanding six-book WAKA (World Association of Kids and Animals) books, showing global kids around the world active in wild animal rescue and protection.

Here’s a review from Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, Vermont children’s book author, whose many books include The Bear That Heard Crying, a true story of a three-year-old girl lost in the woods in 1783, and a bear that took care of her.

Cathleen Burnham’s children’s book, DOYLI TO THE RESCUE: Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon, is a delightful book for all ages. It tells the true story of ten-year old Doyli and her family, as they work to save orphaned baby monkeys in the Amazon. It is the best kind of nonfiction – engaging as well as informative.


Burnham documents the family’s courageous efforts stop the illegal trade of monkeys and to protect and raise orphaned baby monkeys, and weaves within the story the many endangered species of the Amazon, and the threat of deforestation of the rainforest where Doyli and all these animals live.


Burnham shows us how even young children can make a difference in the world, and offers ideas on ways to help protect wild animals. Young and old alike will be enthralled with this book.

– Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

And this praise just arrived from the Midwest Book Review (Children’s Bookwatch):

Doyli to the Rescue: Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon is a true-life picturebook about a young girl and her family who care for orphaned young monkeys, raising them until they are strong enough to live by themselves in the wild. Doyli lives in the Amazon rainforest; she considers herself fortunate that she can take a dugout canoe to school, when some children live in such remote areas that there are no teachers available to educate them.


Every morning, her chores include sweeping away anthills, and feeding baby monkeys. . . . When Doyli encounters an monkey for sale illegally, she tells her father, who in turn tells the police; the poacher is arrested, and the family has a new baby monkey to care for until it can be set free!


Full-color photography of Doyli, her family, and baby monkeys in need fills this wonderful true story, which serves as a shining inspiration to readers of all ages that there is something they can do to protect wildlife and the environment.


Highly recommended, especially for public and school library children’s collections.

Midwest Book Review

Earlier reviews include these words of praise for this remarkable book:

“A warm, sweet, and wonderful story, with engaging photographs that capture the heart and soul of a young girl who rescues wild animals in the Amazon rainforest. Everyone—kids, parents, teachers, librarians—will love Doyli.”

– Raymond Bial, award-winning author of Amish Home, Ellis Island, and Where Lincoln Walked.


Doyli to the Rescue is a winner. The photos and text are intriguing and appealing. Doyli’s smiling face will make her feel like a friend from the start. Her life [in the Amazon] is one that could appear alien and distant, but instead reveals relationships, activities, and interests that are both familiar and exciting.” – Unpacking the Power of Picture Books (full review here)


“In this visually stunning and beautifully laid-out picture book, we are introduced to 10-year-old Doyli who lives in a small isolated village in Peru. . . . You can’t help but fall in love with the young activist and animal rescuer, Doyli. This book has tremendous educational value, and Doyli is such an amazing inspiration and role model for tweens. . . . a great addition to a school classroom or library.” – Mother Daughter Book Reviews (full review here)

In short, Doyli is a great read, the perfect book for a young reader (age 8–10) interested in animal stories and in stories of how kids can make a real difference in the world.

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