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Little Beauty by Anthony Browne

Little Beauty

by Anthony Browne

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A very special gorilla with the ability to use sign language indicates to his human keepers that he wants a friend. After some thought, they provide him with a little kitten named Beauty, and a wonderful cross-species friendship is born. Gorilla and cat do everything together, becoming boon companions. But will they be separated when the gorilla loses his temper? Or will Beauty find a way to make things right...?

A fictional tale inspired by the true story of Koko the gorilla and her feline companions, Little Beauty pairs an engaging, emotionally resonant text with immensely appealing, expressive illustrations. I've always found it fascinating and quite moving, that gorillas have such a soft spot for cats, so I was quite excited to discover this picture-book on the shelf at the library, particularly as I have enjoyed so many of author/illustrator Anthony Browne's other books. I was not disappointed, finding that word and image worked perfectly together to create a poignant and ultimately satisfying story. Little Beauty herself is immensely charming - perhaps not a surprise, given my fondness for all things feline. Recommended to young gorilla and/or cat lovers, as well as to fellow fans of Browne's work. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jun 26, 2018 |
A heart-warming story of a very special gorilla who has been taught sign language and his friendship with a tiny cat.
  BCE_Library | Apr 28, 2017 |
This story is so adorable; I had to pick it up just because of the cover! This is a cute tale of friendship and what friends mean to one another. I would use this as a mentor text for writing about a best friend or a favorite pet that my students could not live without. The book is suitable for preschool through second grade.
  Sarah.Lew | Apr 30, 2015 |
This book’s big idea is about friendship, and the positive influence that one friend can impart on another. I really like this book for two reasons. First, I like how the characters are developed throughout the book, highlighting the growth of both the gorilla and his friend Beauty, the cat. This is almost totally done through Browne’s illustrations, and is exemplified by Beauty, who at first appears meek. By the end of the story, though, she is not only unafraid of the gorilla after he gets mad and smashes a TV, but is confident that she can convince the zoo keepers that she broke it, in order to stay with her friend. I also like how Browne not only enhances the story, but almost carries it, through the use of his illustrations. A good example comes after the gorilla breaks the TV. The keepers announce that they will have to take Beauty away as a result. The gorilla's body language, and the expression on it’s face, says it all. This strong, powerful beast cowers on the floor, looking up at his keepers with an expression of fear and regret. He knows that he has made an extremely costly mistake. Thankfully, Beauty comes to the rescue soon after. ( )
  jmille113 | Apr 21, 2015 |
The main message of this book is that friendships can be formed between friends who come from different backgrounds and origins. Regardless of size or appearance, anyone can become friends and form a bond, which no one or nothing can take away. “Little Beauty” is a great read for young children because they can see through the story that people can be friends regardless of differences. The illustrations play a phenomenal role in bringing the story alive. When the gorilla gets angry, the whole page is red to emphasize that his feelings are true and full of anger. The reader can clearly see that the gorilla is extremely upset. At the end of the story when Little Beauty stands up for gorilla, the illustration is of Little Beauty, who is not so little anymore, with her arms expanded high so the reader can see that Little Beauty is standing up and taking the blame of gorillas actions. The story line of this book was entertaining and appealing to the reader because of the characters portrayed and their “real” feelings towards each other. This book leaves the reader with an awe. ( )
  bigkristin | Oct 9, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763649678, Paperback)

“No one renders primates with more faithful detail or surrealhumanity than Browne.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Once there was a very special gorilla who had almost everything he needed. There was only one thing he didn’t have: a friend. With no other gorillas at the zoo, the keepers try something new. Will the gigantic ape strike a bond with another sort of creature, one as tiny and innocent as a kitten? Sparked by the story of a real gorilla who learned to sign, Little Beauty is a celebration of a most surprising friendship.

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When a gorilla who knows sign language tells his keepers that he is lonely, they bring him a very special friend.

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2 editions of this book were published by Candlewick Press.

Editions: 0763639591, 0763649678

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