Face to Face with Gorillas

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Join Nick Nichols and Mike Fay as they take you deep into the heart of the African jungle to meet a gorilla face to face, an encounter you won't want to miss!

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Join Nick Nichols and Mike Fay as they take you deep into the heart of the African jungle to meet a gorilla face to face, an encounter you won't want to miss!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-6

To nurture a desire to save these endangered creatures, Nichols shares his brilliant photography and professional experiences in the world of the gorilla. In addition to his highly entertaining stories and his insight into the next generation of photographers and researchers, he focuses on the condition of gorillas in the wild, including report-type data: a distribution map, habitat, physical features, and diet. These facts as well as fun insets teach young people "how to play like a gorilla," the differences between monkeys and gorillas, and, most interesting of all, "how to greet a gorilla." During a tour that got out of control, Nichols found himself suddenly thrust too close for a 400-pound gorilla's comfort, so he used his knowledge and experience to get out of danger. A concluding "Facts at a Glance" section strongly supplements report information, but it's Nichols's passion for gorilla conservancy and about life in the wild that raises this book above assignment fodder into the realm of pure inspiration.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA

Kirkus Reviews
In this entry in the Face to Face series, a National Geographic photographer describes encounters with lowland gorillas in eastern and central Africa and provides a brief introduction to the species. Opening with a description of a day of following a silverback through the jungle, Nichols goes on to more general information about these shy animals and the challenges they face today. Color photos by the author and his son show gorillas in their dimly lit habitat. The text's emphasis on gorillas' kinship with human beings is enhanced by sidebars that instruct readers in greeting gorillas, playing like a gorilla and distinguishing gorillas and other great apes from monkeys. A small map shows where different gorilla species are found in Africa today. Like others in this series, the backmatter includes sections on how readers can help, ways they might learn more and two pages of fast facts. Light fare for readers curious to know more about the animals who share our world. (glossary, further resources, index, research notes) (Nonfiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426304064
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Series: Face to Face with Animals Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 492,401
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

    Highly Recommended!

    This book is BEAUTIFUL! The pictures are absolutely gorgeous! It can be read as a story, or used for informational purposes. My 5 year old son who is not particularly interested in reading, sneaks this book off the bookshelf from all the others to look through the pages. It is well worth the price!

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