Fall 2019

Growing Up Gorilla

How a Zoo Baby Brought Her Family Together

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

This heartwarming true story chronicles what happened after a mother gorilla gave birth for the first time and then walked away from her newborn baby at Seattle’s Woodland Park. The dedicated staff worked tirelessly to find innovative ways for mother and baby to build a relationship. The efforts were ultimately successful, as baby Yola bonded with her mother and the rest of the family group.

Format Your Price
978-1-5415-4240-2
$23.99
978-1-5415-6259-2
$35.99
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Animals, Science
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2019-09-03
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF003330, JNF003200, JNF003010
Dewey 599.884
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 1000
Guided Reading Level U
ATOS Reading Level 6.4
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 503912
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Sidebars, and Websites

Awards

  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2020

Reviews

Midwest Book Review

Growing Up Gorilla by Clare Hodgson Meeker is heartwarming true story chronicles what happened after a mother gorilla gave birth for the first time and then walked away from her newborn baby at Seattle’s Woodland Park. . . Profusely illustrated throughout with full color photography, and also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99), “Growing Up Gorilla” is especially and unreservedly recommended for children ages 8-12 and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to family, school, and community library Pets/Wildlife picture book collections.

School Library Journal Online

“This handsomely packaged and sturdily bound volume provides an intriguing look at how a team of humans nurtured and saved a gorilla family.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Will provoke ‘content grunts’ in nature lovers.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Clare Hodgson Meeker

Clare Hodgson Meeker is the author of 12 children's books, including the 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection Rhino Rescue! and the Smithsonian Notable Book Lootas, Little Wave Eater. She lives in Seattle and San Francisco and is a founding member of the indie folk band, The Righteous Mothers.