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Apprehensive, the crowd watches as Binti Jua approaches the boy who has fallen into her pit. Acting as a loving rescuer, she cradles the unconscious boy and carries him to safety. Saving this child surprised everyone who witnessed the scene, and changed people’s dominant view that gorillas are just savage beasts. Yet Binti Jua isn’t the only smart gorilla in the zoo. From expressing emotions to using tools, creating art, and understanding language, gorillas are amazing the world with their sensitivity and intelligence. In Gorillas, kids will read many stories of animals like Binti Jua who are displaying almost humanlike intelligence.

 
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 3
BISACS JNF003000
Genre Great for Hi-Lo Readers, Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction
Copyright 2007
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Smart Animals
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 8 x 10
ISBN 9781597163699, 9781597164696, 9780982476291
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 599.884
ATOS Reading Level 4.7
Guided Reading Level N
Lexile Reading Level 880
Scholastic Reading Counts Level 5.5
Author Meish Goldish
 

Gorillas

In Meish Goldish’s book, entitled Gorillas, you can learn so many facts. He tells how Diane Fossey, an American zoologist, studied gorillas for nearly eighteen years. She went right into the jungle and did just what the gorillas did. She scratched her head, beat her chest, made their sounds and even ate the same foods they ate…like leaves and twigs. Gorillas also eat rotten wood and small animals, but I bet that Fossey didn’t go that far. I know I wouldn’t…even in the name of science. But, she did gain their confidence, which allowed her to study these giant mammals.Goldish tells how Binti Jua, a gorilla who lives in the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois, saved a three-year old child who fell into her cage. He tells how Bongo, a Columbus Ohio Zoo gorilla, grieved when his partner, Bridgette, died and how he cared for their young son, making the infant’s bed of hay each night. Goldish also writes about how Koko, a gorilla who lives in the San Francisco Zoo, learned sign language using (ASL) American Sign Language. She can sign more than 1,000 words and understands more than 2,000 words.Say no more, Meish Goldish has convinced me that gorillas are intelligent, sensitive, and caring animals. But, he also frightened me. No, not of six hundred pounds of gorilla, but that the gorilla species has become endangered. There are only about 740 gorillas alive today. Now, that’s a scary thought! Poachers encroach upon gorilla habitats and capture and kill them for their meat, called bushmeat, and they use their body parts for souvenirs. That’s an even scarier thought

Gorillas

In Meish Goldish’s book, entitled Gorillas, you can learn so many facts. He tells how Diane Fossey, an American zoologist, studied gorillas for nearly eighteen years. She went right into the jungle and did just what the gorillas did. She scratched her head, beat her chest, made their sounds and even ate the same foods they ate…like leaves and twigs. Gorillas also eat rotten wood and small animals, but I bet that Fossey didn’t go that far. I know I wouldn’t…even in the name of science. But, she did gain their confidence, which allowed her to study these giant mammals.Goldish tells how Binti Jua, a gorilla who lives in the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois, saved a three-year old child who fell into her cage. He tells how Bongo, a Columbus Ohio Zoo gorilla, grieved when his partner, Bridgette, died and how he cared for their young son, making the infant’s bed of hay each night. Goldish also writes about how Koko, a gorilla who lives in the San Francisco Zoo, learned sign language using (ASL) American Sign Language. She can sign more than 1,000 words and understands more than 2,000 words.Say no more, Meish Goldish has convinced me that gorillas are intelligent, sensitive, and caring animals. But, he also frightened me. No, not of six hundred pounds of gorilla, but that the gorilla species has become endangered. There are only about 740 gorillas alive today. Now, that’s a scary thought! Poachers encroach upon gorilla habitats and capture and kill them for their meat, called bushmeat, and they use their body parts for souvenirs. That’s an even scarier thought

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