Season 5 - Episodes 3 & 4 - A Gorilla Adventure

A Gorilla Adventure

A Gorilla Adventure (Part 1)  is sponsored by Penguin Random House Audio.

A Gorilla Adventure (Part 2)  is sponsored by Scholastic.

The Reading Bug is eager to return to Africa and bring her friend, Spelling Bee, along for the adventure. Join them and Lauren for a trip to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda to visit the endangered mountain gorillas that live there. And when a gorilla goes missing, join the search party with Dr. Mike from the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP).

Books Mentioned in this Podcast

Little Gorilla Padded Board Book Cover Image
By Ruth Bornstein, Ruth Bornstein (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781328485410
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Published: Clarion Books - December 25th, 2018

A simple rhythmic text portrays Little Gorilla, who is loved by everyone in the jungle as he begins to grow . . . and Grow . . . and GROW

Good Morning, Gorillas (Magic Tree House #26) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780756911225
Published: Perfection Learning - July 1st, 2002

Gentle giants or giant monsters? That's the question Jack and Annie have about gorillas when the Magic Tree House sweeps them to the mountains of Africa. There they meet a group of amazing and sometimes frightening mountain gorillas. Annie knows how to play with the creatures right away. But Jack is left out. Will the gorillas be able to teach him some special magic?

Gorilla Cover Image
By Anthony Browne, Anthony Browne (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763673666
Published: Candlewick - February 11th, 2014

Hannah loves gorillas and longs to see a real one. Unfortunately, her father is always too busy — or too tired — to take her to the zoo. But on the night before her birthday, something extraordinary happens and Hannah’s wish finally comes true. Anthony Browne’s classic story of a girl’s moonlit night of adventure, courtesy of a surprising and kindly friend, returns in a larger trim size with striking cover art by the artist for the book’s thirtieth anniversary.

Little Beauty Cover Image
By Anthony Browne, Anthony Browne (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763649678
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Published: Candlewick - August 24th, 2010

Once there was a very special gorilla who had almost everything he needed. There was only one thing he didn’t have: a friend. With no other gorillas at the zoo, the keepers try something new. Will the gigantic ape strike a bond with another sort of creature, one as tiny and innocent as a kitten? Sparked by the story of Koko, a real gorilla who learned to sign, Little Beauty is a celebration of a most surprising friendship.

Murilla Gorilla, Jungle Detective Cover Image
By Jennifer Lloyd, Jacqui Lee (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781927018156
Published: Simply Read Books - May 30th, 2013

Murilla Gorilla, the jungle detective, is woken up by a new case: Ms. Chimpanzee’s muffins were stolen. But who did it? It’s up to Murilla to find out... as long as she can find her badge first! Murilla may seem like a hopeless detective—disorganized, messy and always thinking about her next snack—but out of her mess come some pretty good ideas, and some pretty funny moments too.

The Escape of Marvin the Ape Cover Image
By Caralyn Buehner, Mark Buehner (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780756992958
Published: Perfection Learning - January 1st, 2010

When Marvin the Ape makes a break from the zoo, he heads straight downtown to the heart of the action, where he discovers everything the big city has to offer. Dining at the finest restaurants, strolling through museums, commuting with the crowds and rooting for the local baseball team, Marvin fits right in with the natives. And he may never leave!

The One and Only Ivan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061992278
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Published: HarperCollins - January 6th, 2015

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living in a shopping mall, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

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Orphaned (Ape Quartet #4) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545655057
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 25th, 2018

Sarah is a young gorilla, living in the heart of what will eventually be known as Africa. She is jealous of her mother’s new baby and restless in her need to explore. After a natural disaster sends her family fleeing, Sarah finds herself the sole protector of her baby brother as they wander a reshaped world.

Gorillas Up Close Cover Image
By Christena Nippert-Eng, John Dominski (Contributions by), Miguel Martinez (Contributions by)
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ISBN: 9781627790918
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - April 19th, 2016

Filled with facts and photos, Gorillas Up Close takes us into the world of gorillas. Explore the differences between gorillas in zoos and in the wild with the gorilla family troop in Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo.

Actual Size Cover Image
By Steve Jenkins, Steve Jenkins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547512914
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Published: Clarion Books - March 7th, 2011

How big is a crocodile? What about a tiger, or the world’s largest spider? Can you imagine a tongue that is two feet long or an eye that’s bigger than your head? Sometimes facts and figures don’t tell the whole story. Sometimes you need to see things for yourself—at their actual size.

Kokos Kitten Cover Image
ISBN: 9780590444255
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 1st, 1987

Koko the gorilla uses sign language to talk to her handlers. When she asks for a pet, her handlers search high and low for the perfect companion.

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story Of The Shopping Mall Gorilla Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544252301
Published: Clarion Books - October 7th, 2014

Captured as a baby, Ivan was brought to a Tacoma, Washington, mall to attract shoppers. Gradually, public pressure built until a better way of life for Ivan was found at Zoo Atlanta. From the Congo to America, and from a local business attraction to a national symbol of animal welfare, Ivan the Shopping Mall Gorilla traveled an astonishing distance in miles and in impact. This is his true story and includes photographs of Ivan in the back matter.

Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes (Scientists in the Field) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547014333
Published: Clarion Books - August 6th, 2008

Mountain gorillas are playful, curious, and protective of their families. They are also one of the most endangered species in the world. For years, mountain gorillas have faced the threat of death by poachers. Funds raised by “gorilla tourism”—bringing people into the forest to see gorillas—have helped protect them. This tourism is vital, but contact between gorillas and people brought a new threat to the gorillas: human disease. The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project is a group of scientists working to save the mountain gorilla population in Rwanda and Uganda. The gorilla doctors study the effects of human exposure, provide emergency care, and act as foster parents to an orphaned gorilla.

Exploring Nature: Great Apes: Discover the Exciting World of Chimps, Gorillas, Orangutans, Bonobos and More, with Over 200 Pictures Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781861474520
Published: Armadillo Music - December 7th, 2015

This lively book for 8- to 12-year-olds investigates all four groups of great ape living in the wild, with fascinating insights into every aspect of ape life.

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas Cover Image
By Jim Ottaviani, Maris Wicks (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250062932
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Published: Square Fish - August 4th, 2015

Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed graphic novel account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology―and to our own understanding of ourselves. Primates is an accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable women scientists of the twentieth century.


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