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Koko was a famous sign-language-speaking gorilla. This is the true story of her friendship with a kitten. "Patterson and Cohn let readers see . . . the gentle mind that wanted something to love and be loved by."--School Library Journal, starred review. Full-color photos.

The real life experience of Koko, a gorilla in California who uses sign language, with a young kitten whom she loved and grieved over when it died.

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Overview

Koko was a famous sign-language-speaking gorilla. This is the true story of her friendship with a kitten. "Patterson and Cohn let readers see . . . the gentle mind that wanted something to love and be loved by."--School Library Journal, starred review. Full-color photos.

The real life experience of Koko, a gorilla in California who uses sign language, with a young kitten whom she loved and grieved over when it died.

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The compelling story of Koko, a gorilla, who must deal with her grief when her kitten dies. All ages. (June)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4 The cover photo alone is all that is needed to ``sell'' this bookthe smallest, most delicate of kitten profiles in the massively careful embrace of a glistening gorilla, whose bare-knuckled fist is four times the size of the diminutive feline's head, and whose face radiates tenderness. Koko is one of a number of great apes in various experimental communication programs and is remarkably conversant in American Sign Language, used by hundreds of thousands of hearing-impaired people. With her linguistic skill, she asked for, and finally received, the small, tailless tabby kitten she promptly named All Ball. This brief, moving book records Koko's relationship with her pet. All Ball was groomed, played with, cuddled and loved, and never once showed fear of her large foster-mother, outlandish though she might seem to feline eyes. The growing relationship was cut horribly short by All Ball's death beneath the wheels of a car, and Koko's grief is dramatically recorded on film. Fortunately, Koko was given the opportunity to have another kitten, and chose a second tailless Manx. In a happy new beginning, she is shown cuddling ``Lipstick.'' In beautiful color photos, and a brief accompanying text, Patterson and Cohn let readers see beneath the glossy fur, the heavy brows and the animal shape to the gentle mind that wanted something to love and be loved by. An empathy-building book of high degree. Patricia Manning, Eastchester Public Library, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590444255
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1987
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Bks.
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.76 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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  • Posted April 3, 2010

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    Great Lesson in Humanity

    This is a NON-fiction book, unlike what previous reviewer said. It is a true story. Koko is alive and well as of this writing, and you can follow her to see what she is up to now by going to www.koko.org. So much more has happened with Koko since this book was first published in 1985. When you go to the website, you can choose to receive more information on The Gorilla Foundation. We wrote the foundation and received a calendar with more pictures and info about Koko. My students also enjoyed following this story with the Reading Rainbow video.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    Great book.

    We used this book for my daughter's first fiction book report. She really enjoyed it as did I. She shared the book with the children in her class and they were surpised that it was a true story.

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