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Author: Seymour Simon

Illustrator: Seymour Simon

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publisher,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This book introduces us to gorillas around the world. Their sizes vary, depending on where they live. They wrestle with each other and live in small family groups, just like human children. The eat juicy fruit, leaves, and stems. They can eat about 50 pounds of plants a day. This is a nonfiction photo-story about gorillas.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 10 and Up

Interest Level: 5 to 12

Reading Level: 6

Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter enjoyed the photos and learning the interesting facts about each gorilla. She enjoyed the different faces of the gorillas. She thought some of the faces might look like the faces she has seen on real people in the store.

Adult Reader Reaction: I also enjoyed reading this and looking at the pictures. I learned information I had never heard before. I was surprised she liked it but the writing was short and concise and the relevant photos helped.

Pros: Find lots of great information for anyone wanting to know about gorillas in this easy-to-read nonfiction picture book.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is an excellent book ... and young animal lovers may want to explore it often. Your public or local library should definitely have this book.


Educational Themes: This is a book about gorillas and how and where they live. You can go beyond the book to expand topics about similarities and differences, contrasting and comparing facts and habitat information, etc.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - animals, gorillas, nature, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2009

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