Kiddo’s Corner Reviews: The Secret Lives of Gorillas by Julia Barnes
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The Secret Lives of Gorillas
Written by: Julia Barnes
Published by: Gareth Stevens Publishing
Where we got it: Checked it out from the local library
This series takes readers into the wild to discover the secret lives of six fascinating animals. Students will learn how each animal sees the world, how its physical characteristics are ideally suited to its habitat, how it communicates, how it interacts with other animals and with people, what a typical day in the wild is like, and many other interesting facts. Each book features:
– Text correlated to elementary science curriculum standards for life science
– Descriptions of each animal’s habitat, physical features, life cycle, social structure, and daily life
– A map showing the animal’s current range
– Full-color photographs of the animal in its natural habitat
– Explanations of current and historical threats to each animal’s existence, including threats to its habitat
– Glossary (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)
Me: So why did you check this book out from the library?
Kiddo: Because I have a report at my school about an animal that you can’t tame, or you can’t have in a fenced yard. So it can’t be cats or dogs. So it has to be a wild animal. So I chose gorillas. I really wanted to pick cheetahs, but at the same time I wanted to pick gorillas, so I picked gorillas.
A Bit More Detail…
Kiddo: It’s about gorillas. What gorillas do and how they live and what they can do, like do sign language. Like Koko! (Mom, put an exclamation point there, after Koko.)
Me: What did you learn?
Kiddo: I learned that gorillas can do sign language, and they beat their chests if they’re trying to scare another gorilla away.
Me: What else did you learn?
Kiddo: They do the knuckle walk. They make fists and put their fists on the ground and walk.
Kiddo: My favorite part was learning the different sounds that they make.
Me: What was your least favorite part?
Kiddo: When they get angry with each other.
Me: So do you think you’ve learned a lot to use in your report?
Kiddo: Yeah. And for the stars, just 1 to 300 stars, I’d give it 300!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (He added all the exclamation points.)
Me: Why 300?
Kiddo: Because I like gorillas so much, and that was a great book to learn about gorillas. That’s just my opinion, and it might be someone else’s opinion, or it might not be.
Me: Anything else?
Kiddo: I really like the photos, and the facts are really cool. Because they tell you what gorillas really can do.
The kiddo gave The Secret Lives of Gorillas by Julia Barnes 300 stars. I’m going to convert that to my 1-5 star scale and give it: