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Breakfast in the Rainforest: A Visit with Mountain Gorillas
ISBN: 9780763622817
Author: Sobol, Richard
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: October 2008
Retail: $18.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: A photographer shares a rare glimpse of mountain gorillas in the wild -- and inspires readers to help protect them.
Powerful but shy, the African mountain gorilla struggles for survival in the rainforests of Uganda's national parks. Follow wildlife photographer Richard Sobol on an arduous journey to these hidden habitats and take a hushed, close-up look at the gentle giants as they nibble on leaves for their morning meal. Striking photographs of the little-seen ritual remind us of the wonders of this dwindling species, while a first-person narrative describes the photographer's journey -- and tells of efforts being made to preserve these magnificent creatures.
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Physical Information: 0.43" H x 9.28" L x 10.22" W 48 pages
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Science, Reference, Picture Books, Middle School, Geography, Early Elementary, Art/Music, Animals
Grade level(s): 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring)
Wildlife photographer Sobol recounts his travels to Uganda to observe gorillas living in the Virunga Mountains. In his personable text, he also touches on the creatures' habits, diet, and threats. Close-up photographs of the gorillas in addition to many pictures of the surrounding countryside and villagers help round out an understanding of the endangered animals' homeland. Leonardo DiCaprio provides an afterword. Websites. Glos. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 November)

Gr 3–6—Sobol takes readers along on his journey to central Africa in search of mountain gorillas. As he prepares for his encounter, he shares what he has learned about this critically endangered species. He weaves facts about their daily lives and social structure into his account. His photos of the people and landscapes near Bwindi National Park reveal the close proximity of human fields and villages to the mountainous area where the 650 gorillas live. Guided by park rangers who strictly limit visitor access to the gorilla area, Sobol slips on muddy paths, crawls over logs, and battles dense brush to find the huge creatures eating their leafy breakfast. His photos and commentary offer insightful observations of old and young gorillas on the ground and in the trees. He explains the photography techniques he used to capture various images. War, diseases, poaching, and habitat loss threaten the mountain gorillas, which cannot survive in captivity. The naturalist's admiration for the animals and the people working to protect them provides a personal perspective, which complements other titles that offer more straightforward, factual presentations.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato

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