Gorillas

Overview

This addition to Gail Gibbons' nonfiction library has information about these elegant animals' feeding habits, how they raise their young, their habitat, and why so many live in zoos. Gibbons' trademark style features kid-friendly explanations and visually presented facts.

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Overview

This addition to Gail Gibbons' nonfiction library has information about these elegant animals' feeding habits, how they raise their young, their habitat, and why so many live in zoos. Gibbons' trademark style features kid-friendly explanations and visually presented facts.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
These poor creatures have been much maligned—just think of the movie King Kong. In reality, gorillas are gentle creatures who tend to be vegetarians and live in families. Gibbons describes the three major types of gorillas and depicts their habitats, characteristics, types of food, and more. Gorillas eat more than 100 types of vegetation and follow their leader—a silverback—as they forage for food and select areas to bed down for the night. Babies remain with their mothers for up to four years, but they will keep growing until they are between eight and ten years old. The author notes that gorillas are rapidly disappearing with less than 800 mountain gorillas known to exist. The lowland gorillas are the ones that people see in zoos. While there are protected areas like the Virunga National Park, there are still great threats to these creatures including the expansion of human populations into once remote areas. The book is a plea to respect and protect these animals that deserve to live in peace in the wild places that have been their homes for so long. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—In her familiar, winning style, Gibbons introduces wild gorillas. Through detailed watercolor illustrations, she takes readers to Africa to explore the habitat and diet of the western lowland, eastern lowland, and mountain gorillas. Physical descriptions are included, along with a look at a typical day in the life of these creatures. Readers will enjoy examining the many inset diagrams and maps that accompany the informational text, and they're sure to find Gibbons's "extras," like the skeletal view of a gorilla's jaw, fascinating. The "More About Gorillas" section gives additional trivia along with a list of websites to visit. An accessible addition to wildlife collections.—Cathie Bashaw Morton, Millbrook Central School District, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823424337
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 368,781
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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