Synopses & Reviews
The heart-tugging true story of how a baby gorilla found love in the arms of a surrogate mom
When Umande was born, his mother didnt know how to take care of him. So, he was hand-reared by keepers at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. For eight months, the keepers crawled on the ground with him to show him how to walk; coughed in his face to teach him discipline; and gave him happy gorilla grumbles to encourage him. But for Umande, something was still missing. Luckily, a thousand miles away at the Columbus Zoo, a mom was waiting just for him.
This touching true story about finding a family will resonate with animal lovers and adoptive families alike. Share this book with fans of Owen and Mzee, Tarra and Bella, and Knut.
"Not only a special adoption story, but also a heartwarming look at the human-animal relationship." - Kirkus Reviews
, starred review
"[Umande's] facial expressions, cuddling, and toe-sucking will endear him to readers." - School Library Journal
About the Author
Maria Faulconer has published fiction and nonfiction for children and adults, and her experience as an adoptive mom inspired her to write this story. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Susan Kathleen Hartung is the acclaimed illustrator of the award-winning Dear Juno, as well as beloved favorites