Many aspects of mountain gorillas, from their strong bodies to their habitat and their huge diet, are covered in this educational text complemented with colorful illustrations. High-quality, detailed photographs are included as well, some showing the deep intensity and mystery within these beautiful animals' eyes. The page layout will keep readers' interest and makes the text easy to read and to follow from topic to topic. Readers are sure to come away with an understanding of the seriousness of the mountain gorillas' status on the endangered species list, and why it is so important to protect them from becoming extinct. A glossary, an index, and a list of websites with more mountain gorilla information are included. This title is part of the "Earth's Endangered Animal Species" series. 2005, Crabtree Publishing Company, and Ages 7 to 10.
Cherie Ilg Haas
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-These basic introductions offer well-designed and interesting overviews of three endangered animals. Each volume includes information about habitat, behavior, life cycle, communication, and other topics useful for reports. Threats to survival, particularly from habitat loss, and conservation efforts also receive attention. Photographs and diagrams provide additional detail, but there are no maps pinpointing where the animals live. Some overlap of illustrations and content exists with Kalman and Amanda Bishop's The Life Cycle of a Wolf (Crabtree, 2002), and Mary K. Dornhoffer and Robert F. Scherrer's Wolves (Compass Point, 2004) provides similar coverage. Deborah Dennard's Gorillas (NorthWord, 2003) goes into more depth for somewhat older readers while Seymour Simon's Gorillas (HarperCollins, 2000) uses a more narrative approach. Kalman provides helpful resources for those beginning their search for material for reports or to satisfy personal curiosity.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.