Learn more about CCRLS
Reading recommendations from Novelist
Online learning resources
Cover image for Amazing gorillas!
Amazing gorillas!







1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperCollins, ©2005.
Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series title(s):
Simple text and photographs introduce gorillas to young readers.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 88307.


Call Number
599.884 THOMSON
599.884 THOMSON

On Order



Dear Parent:

Your child's love of reading starts here!

I Can Read Books have introduced children to the joy of reading since 1957. Featuring award-winning authors and illustrators and a fabulous cast of beloved characters, I Can Read Books set the standard for beginning readers. From books your child reads with you to the first books they read alone, there are I Can Read Books for every stage of reading:

Shared Reading

Basic language, word repetition, and whimsical illustrations, ideal for sharing with your emergent reader

Beginning Reading

Short sentences, familiar words, and simple concepts for children eager to read on their own

Reading with Help

Engaging stories, longer sentences, and language play for developing readers

Reading Alone

Complex plots, challenging vocabulary, and high-interest topics for the independent reader

Advanced Reading

Short paragraphs, chapters, and exciting themes for the perfect bridge to chapter books

Every child learns in a different way and at their own speed. Some read through each level in order. Others go back and forth between levels and read favorite books again and again. You can help your young reader improve and become more confident by encouraging their own interests and abilities.

A lifetime of discovery begins with the magical words, "I Can Read!"

Author Notes

Sarah L. Thomson attended college in Oberlin, Ohio. After graduation, she moved to New York and worked in publishing. She eventually became a senior editor at HarperCollins Children's Books. She became a full-time author shortly after her first book, The Dragon's Son, was published. Her works include Stars and Stripes: The Story of the American Flag; all the Wildlife Conservation Society I Can Read Books, including Amazing Tigers!, winner of an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award; and What Lincoln Said.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Using simple sentences, Thomson explains the basic facts of gorilla life, including their behavior, diet, and habitat. The author devotes a lot of space to the similarities shared by these animals and humans, highlighting how gorillas are part of a family, play with their children, and communicate. The last section describes how scientists study these primates and emphasizes the destruction of their habitat and the need to protect them from harm. While the readable text is presented in large print, it is somewhat dense, often filling the pages. Also, some of the full-color photos are not very well reproduced. For example, a wonderful image of a mother and baby interacting is blurry. This book has a very specific message and will provide newly independent readers with a solid introduction.-Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

Early readers will appreciate large, well-spaced typeface over full-page Wildlife Conservation Society photos in these fact-filled, well-organized narratives. Simple page layout aids focus on the subject matter--gorillas in families and at play, and whales as the earth's largest water mammals--each studied and appreciated by scientists, and both ""[needing] our help to survive."" [Review covers these I Can Read Book titles: Amazing Gorillas! and Amazing Whales!] (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

Dramatic, high-quality photographs and a concise and thoughtful text combine successfully in this mid-level nonfiction easy reader on a topic that fascinates many children. The text covers gorilla family structure and positional names, similarities with other primates, care of their young, communication, nutrition and habitat. The concluding pages offer an explanation of scientific study of gorillas and a moving plea that gorillas "need our help to survive." This volume will be useful in libraries and classroom settings both as an easy reader and for beginning reports. An author's note provides additional information about the Wildlife Conservation Society and their work with gorillas. (Easy reader. 5-8) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. Thompson's book from the I Can Read series introduces gorillas through a simply written but informative text, illustrated with photographs from the Wildlife Conservation Society. The author describes gorillas within families or groups and relates them to people as animals called primates. Paying particular attention to the needs of the young gorillas, she discusses the animals' physical characteristics, their eating and sleeping habits, and the factors that make them an endangered species in their African habitats. Very effective in illustrating points made in the text, the color photographs offer close-up shots of gorillas. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2005 Booklist