Saturday, February 22, 2014
Book Review: Little Gorilla
I recently had the chance to visit some classrooms and read to the children some of my favorite stories for Love of Reading week. Little Gorilla was one that I read in nearly every class, and it was a big hit. Even though the Little Gorilla was written close to 40 years ago, it has a gentle and comforting message that still resonates with today's kids.
Little Gorilla lives in the jungle surrounded by animals who love him. Not only do his mother, father, grandma, grandpa, aunts and uncles love him, the other jungle animals love him, too. Giraffe catches him before he falls, the elephants use their trunks to give him a shower, and even the Lion roars his loudest roar for Little Gorilla when he pulls his tail. Bornstein's illustrations of Little Gorilla and his jungle companions are simply rendered so that they are easy to decipher, and also expressive enough to give little children and their grown-ups a lot to talk about.
The big moment of tension comes in the story when Little Gorilla begins to grow, and grow and GROW! Will everyone still love Little Gorilla now that he is big? Of course, they do! In fact, they help him celebrate his birthday. It's nice to know that even as we change, the love of those around us will stay.
You can borrow Little Gorilla from the library either as a boardbook if your gorilla is still quite little, or as a picture book if your gorilla has started to get big.