From the Publisher
"A splendid offering that provides young readers with just the right amount of information and stunning photographs, 'Gorilla' is a great read." - Kendal A. Rautzhan, syndicated newspaper columnist
"While the storyline reads like a children’s book, the photographs could be in National Geographic... I give these books my Alaskan Mom Approval and recommend them to any animal loving family. The combination of photography and engaging storyline make these a regular in our bedtime story rotation." - AK Mom Approved blog
"Far, far away, in the misty mountains of Africa, a baby gorilla is born. The tiny bundle of black fur needs to be looked after just like a human baby. Mom is with her all the time, holding the baby close to her big chest and keeping her warm and safe."
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School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Captivating full-color photographs and simple, gentle texts make these books ideal for young audiences. In the first title, a mother cheetah and her cubs are observed from the babies' first blind and helpless days until, at age two, they can safely leave the nest on their own and start their adult lives. In the meantime, the youngsters play, learn to hunt, and are protected by their attentive and patient mother. Gorilla follows a similar format, showing the first days and years of a baby mountain gorilla and the meticulous care given to her by her mother and extended family. For six years, until she is grown and ready to begin her own family, the little gorilla is the center of her mother's attention and the loving affection they share is captured by the sensitive author and photographer. Both books are useful both as a classroom read-alouds and as introductions to the animal kingdom to be browsed and enjoyed.—Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY
Phenomenal photography, some solid facts and the ever-popular topic of baby animals combine to make the kick-off of Eszterhas' Eye on the Wild series an auspicious one. The text follows a newborn gorilla from birth to age 6, the age of maturity, although the majority focuses on her first two years of life. From nestling in her mother's arms and napping to sucking her thumb and drinking her mother's milk, the activities of the baby gorilla are sure to bring to readers' minds the care of a newborn human. Eszterhas strengthens this connection by slightly anthropomorphizing the actions, feelings and intentions of her subjects: "Sitting on Mom's head gives her a great view and is good fun, too…. One of the baby gorilla's favorite games is piggyback riding, cruising around on Mom's back." Short paragraphs and easy vocabulary make this accessible to children in the early grades, while the photos will enthrall all audiences. Known for her work with newborn animals, wildlife photographer Eszterhas makes good on her reputation. Readers are treated to amazing views of the baby gorilla, her family and her natural habitat. Backmatter offers children more facts about gorillas, along with a website for more information. Publishing concurrently is Cheetah, while Brown Bear and Lion will follow in August. A solid start to a new series. (Nonfiction. 4-8)
Read an Excerpt
Far, far away, in the misty mountains of Africa, a baby gorilla is born. The tiny bundle of black fur needs to be looked after just like a human baby. Mom is with her all the time, holding the baby close to her big chest and keeping her warm and safe.
The baby gorilla has a big family, including mom and dad, brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, and cousins. Sometimes there can be as many as 30 closely-related gorillas living in one big group. They enjoy each other’s company and spend all their time together.
The baby gorilla’s father is called a silverback, because of the silver-colored hair on his back. The silverback is the boss. He has the very important job of leading and protecting the whole family. He weighs twice as much as a gorilla mom and is even bigger than the biggest football player.
The gorilla mom loves her baby very much. She holds her all the time and gives her lots of hugs and kisses. For six long years the two animals are always together, while mom takes care of her baby and teaches her how to live in the jungle.