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Nancy Roe Pimm's Heart of the Beast
ISBN: 9781581960549
Author: Pimm, Nancy Roe
Publisher: Lerner Pub Group
Published: January 2007
Retail: $18.95    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
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Annotation: Presents the stories of Binti Jua, a gorilla mother who rescued a human child who fell into her enclosure, Koko, the signing gorilla, and others, and provides information about gorilla behavior and other facts about these endangered apes.
Additional Information
BISAC category: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Apes, Monkeys, etc.
Target Age Group: Age 9-11
Target Grade: Grade 4-6
Grade level: Grade 4-6
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 7.75" W
Lexile Level: 1100
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Non-Fiction, Middle School, Animals
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 112043
Reading Level: 7.5   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 3.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q40229
Reading Level: 8.7   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 8.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall)
Here are eight stories of gorillas raised in captivity and what researchers have learned about their behaviors and emotional lives. Additional gorilla facts are interspersed between the chapters, which are filled with information gleaned from close observation. The black-and-white photos (accompanied by captions in teeny-size type) vary in quality. Reading list, timeline. Bib., ind. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring)
Here are eight stories of gorillas raised in captivity and what researchers have learned about their behaviors and emotional lives. Additional gorilla facts are interspersed between the chapters, which are filled with information gleaned from close observation. The black-and-white photos (accompanied by captions in teeny-size type) vary in quality. Reading list, timeline. Bib., ind. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 December)

Gr 4–8— Eight stories reveal the intelligent and emotional sides of captive gorillas, thus showing the "heart of the beast." Readers familiar with Koko and the attempts of her trainer, Penny Patterson, to teach her sign language; Dian Fossey; and Jane Goodall will find familiar entry points into the gorillas' life histories. Numerous sidebars, including range maps and a taxonomy chart, enhance the narratives. Much of the basic information would be useful for research, but the poor organization, too-cute sidebar titles ("What Big Teeth You Have!" "If You're Happy and You Know it…"), and illogically arranged and nonintuitive index hamper easy access to the information. Browsers grabbed by the attractive color cover will need to overcome the dowdy look of the book's interior, with its cramped black-and-white photos, too-small font, and busy woven-cloth backgrounds at the beginning of each chapter. An extensive bibliography follows an abbreviated list of items for further reading, but students may find themselves confused by the two lists since they overlap and both include a mix of titles for young and adult readers. An additional purchase.—Ellen Fader, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

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