He Leads: Mountain Gorilla, the Gentle Giant

Familius. Mar. 2022. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781641706483.
Gr 1-3–Detailed illustrations are the highlight of this title. Basic text, with additional facts added at the bottom of each spread, share the world of the mountain gorilla. A male silverback is the central figure in the text that introduces the species and gives further information about this fascinating relative of human beings. While not lengthy enough for report-writing, the factual information would make for a solid starting point to student research. The illustrations are full of texture and emotion connecting readers to the creature in a way that honors the mountain gorilla’s strength and dignity. No back matter other than a list of sources is included.
VERDICT The illustrations are visually appealing and the text does its job serviceably. For an introduction to the species, this title would make a fine addition to collections needing a resource on the mountain gorilla.

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