Dian Fossey and the Mountain Gorillas

From the Series On My Own Biography

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Dian Fossey was fascinated with the sad plight of the mountain gorilla and went to Africa. She imitated the gorillas’ sounds and habits and came to know them individually. After several of her favorite gorillas were killed, she became impassioned about stopping the poaching and the destruction of the gorillas’ natural habitat. Her research and her book, Gorillas in the Mist, led to current efforts to protect this endangered species.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2011-08-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007020, JNF051150, JNF007120
Dewey 599.884'092
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 3.4
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 47162
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
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Author: Jane A. Schott

Illustrator: Ralph L. Ramstad

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On My Own Biography

Engage readers’ interest and imagination! These award-winning biographies feature full-page illustrations. Written in story format, each book features pivotal episodes that reveal what kind of person the subject is (or was) and how he or she came to be famous. View available downloads →


Appraisal: Science Books for Young People

“A worthwhile On My Own Biography with a simple text and colorful illustrations that should appeal to younger readers.”