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Gorillas
     

Gorillas

by Gail Gibbons
 

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All the wild gorillas live in Africa. They are peaceful and intelligent, and live in family groups called troops.

Here are descriptions of the physical characteristics of these primates as well as information about how they live, including how they eat, raise their young, and adapt to their environment. Gibbons's trademark style features kid-friendly explanations

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All the wild gorillas live in Africa. They are peaceful and intelligent, and live in family groups called troops.

Here are descriptions of the physical characteristics of these primates as well as information about how they live, including how they eat, raise their young, and adapt to their environment. Gibbons's trademark style features kid-friendly explanations and visually presented facts.

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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
From the Publisher
"An accessible addition to wildlife collections."

"Gibbons' many fans of her previous early nonfiction will welcome her familiar approach and clear, competent introduction."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823422364
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
02/07/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Gail Gibbons has published close to fifty distinguished nonfiction titles with Holiday House. According to "The Washington Post", "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in Vermont. Her website is www.gailgibbons.com

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