Sunday, October 4, 2009


Even Gorilla's need to feel the love!

Bornstein, Ruth.
Little Gorilla.
October 2009.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Guided Reading Level: J

Summary from Barnes & Noble:

Everyone loves Little Gorilla: his mother, his father, his aunts and uncles, Big Boa Constrictor, and all of the other animals living in the forest with him. Then one day, Little Gorilla begins to grow...and grow...and grow, until suddenly, at his birthday celebration, Little Gorilla's family and friends discover that he isn't little anymore!

This book would be absolutely perfect for a child who is bit fearful of growing up. It portrays wonderfully the knowledge that even as you grow up, you're going to be loved just as much... would be perfect as a heading-to-school gift for a child first attending school! It would also probably work as a graduation gift as well!

Activity to Use in Collaboration with this book:
  • Listening Activity - The activity directions can be downloaded here.
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