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Gorillas by Gail Gibbons


by Gail Gibbons

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I liked this book for multiple reasons. First, I liked the map at the beginning of the book. For example, it shows where different types of gorillas are located. It also provides a color coordinated legend to represent western lowland gorillas, eastern lowland gorillas, and mountain gorillas. Plus, extra information on what an equator is and where it is on the map. I also liked the illustration of a gorilla with labels explaining the parts of a gorilla. For example, arrows are pointing to various parts of the gorilla with labels like mouth, jaw, thirty two teeth, etc. This image shows readers the similarities and differences humans and gorillas' bodies have. One thing that I didn't like about the book was how busy the pages seemed. For example, the illustrations cover every page, without any negative spaces. The text is placed somewhere in the background of the illustrations, making it hard to read. Also, text boxes are placed anywhere on the page, creating even more words on the page, making the book overwhelming. The big idea of the book is to inform readers of gorillas in a colorful and bright way. ( )
  CatalinaDiaz | May 2, 2015 |
This book describes gorillas and their habitats what they eat,where they live, the different types. I would recommend this book to children 3-8

Source: ECE Library
  voeghtlyam | May 17, 2014 |
This books provides good descriptions of physical characteristics of gorillas. It also gives alot of information on how they live, such as what do they eat and where they live. Also, a good book to use when studying different types of animals. ( )
  smdorr | Sep 29, 2012 |
This book tells you absolutely everything about gorillas. The book is told simply and adds more information on gorillas in the midst of Ms. Gibbon's beautiful paintings. I learned so much reading this book that I didn't know about gorillas before.
Classroom connection: Primates, Gorillas ( )
  Mparis | May 28, 2012 |
Gorillas by Gail Gibbons

The author introduces us to gorillas in simple sentences with more information incorporated into her illustrations, using maps, captions, and additional text. She discusses gorilla behavior, why they are endangered, their habitat and how they interact with the world, and their family groupings. A final note gives more information about gorillas.
While I really enjoyed Gibbons’ recent nonfiction weather books, Tornadoes and Hurricans, I was disappointed in this title. Gibbons’ swirling illustrations (I’m going to go out on a limb and guess watercolors) are not detailed enough to fully delineate the accompanying text – for example, the page that shows gorillas’ emotions has four gorilla faces in panels, supposedly demonstrating “happy, worried, angry, aggressive” but the pictures are confusing; all of the faces and attidues look alike. Again, the illustrations supposedly showing different species of gorillas all look alike, as do the male and females. The map at the beginning bleeds into the other illustrations and inset panels of additional information and pictures make the pages crowded and bewildering.

Verdict: Gibbons’ factual books are generally well-received, but her art falls short in this volume and the confusing layout makes this book a disappointment. Not recommended.

ISBN: 978-0823422364; Published March 2011 by Holiday House; Borrowed from the library
  JeanLittleLibrary | Jan 15, 2012 |
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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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Includes descriptions of the physical characteristics of these gorillas as well as information about how they live, including how they eat, raise their young, and adapt to their environment.

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