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One Gorilla: A Counting Book Hardcover – February 12, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763663522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763663520
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.4 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The cover portrait of this counting book is a large, luminous image of the head and shoulders of a gorilla, both fearsome and vulnerable, and each of the primates featured in the following pages make clear the human connection, in both body language and facial expression. With the image of two orangutans, there is a nurturing mother, her baby in her arms. The spread for three chimpanzees shows a loving parent with two small, individual offspring. All the portraits blend mixed media and collage, and the faces look more and more human, right up to the double-page spread of 10 lemurs. Then comes the dual climax: first, a close-up self-portrait of the artist with his comment: “All primates, / All one family, / All my family.” Turn the page and there is a crowd of more than 20 individual human head-and-shoulders portraits across gender, race, color, age, all connected. “All my family. And yours.” A great spark for both science discussions and fun. Preschool-Grade 1. --Hazel Rochman

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The key to the book’s impact lies in the dignity of a portrait sitting that Browne confers on creatures more commonly seen behind glass walls. Every face has a discernible personality. Even the lemurs are distinct individuals, with variations in snouts, eyes, and ears.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The text is spare: "1 gorilla"; "2 orangutans"; "3 chimpanzees"; and so forth, concluding after "10 lemurs" with depictions of the author and an array of humans. The portraits, however, are extraordinary: Browne’s exquisite precision, with delicate hatching of fur and careful stippled delination of facial lines, becomes jubilant with color and personality.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

In this seemingly simple counting book from one to ten (plus a final coda), generous white space and classic type treatment balance expertly with large head-and-shoulders portraits of primates...Browne’s watercolor technique is just about perfect, combining realism and exaggeration, mass and focus.
—The Horn Book (starred review)

Browne really cranks up the color intensity in this gorgeous, large-trim portrait gallery of primates.
—Kirkus Reviews

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Customer Reviews

What a fun way to teach children to count.
Idaho Tater
The book wonderfully captures the expressions of other primates without making them cartoons with human characteristics.
Elizabeth in Virginia
The illustrations in this book are beautiful.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
One Gorilla by Anthony Browne is a superb counting book. Like all truly excellent first concept books, this one works on many levels. When examined as an effective way to learn counting, it does the job extremely well. Young counters are treated to two page spreads for each number from one to ten. The number is prominently displayed and the primates to be counted are each well-defined and distinct. The only thing that would have made this incredible look at 1-10 even better is if the number word would have been included.

It is very hard to convey the charm and dazzling beauty to be seen in these illustrations. From the titular One Gorilla who peers out at us with a rather bemused and wise expression, to the ten mischievous lemurs that grace the final counting pages, each of these primates has a distinct personality. Sneaky sideways glances or hooded glares all convey a surprising depth emotion. What fun you and your little one will have examining each face and trying to figure out just what is going on in the heads of all these distinguished and oh so human primates. You really get the impression that these are a series of class pictures, complete with grumpy teachers and class cut-ups!

The color palette is striking, bringing the two orangutans to brilliant life in just the perfect shade of orange. The five baboons peer out of a sea of yellows and browns, while the six gibbons present a rainbow of browns, oranges and tans. The macaques are frosty hued and perhaps the most expressive, while the nine colubus monkeys are an interesting study in black and white.

It's the ending of this book that elevates it to a level higher than your usual counting primer. When I turned the page and found a realistic portrait of the author along with the text "All primates.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By harold olson on April 23, 2013
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The art work in this book is worth the price. I got it for my 2 year old grandson it has helped him with his counting as he loves to look at it. My 4 year old grandson also loves it and it has helped him recognize numbers he can count objects but he wasn't great on recognizing the number.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Jones on April 18, 2013
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The book is beautifully illustrated and it is larger than I was expecting, which is not a bad thing. I like it and so does my 3 year old grandson. I don't have a problem with the reference to evolution at the end of the book but I imagine some people would.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hazel on April 10, 2013
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Great book to use with classrooms for art (I used actual photos of the primates on a SmartBoard for comparison), and general concept of family
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail on March 16, 2013
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My 3 year old LOVES this book! The facial expressions on each animal plus the exceptional quality of the colorful illustrations made this book a real winner! It's beautiful enough to be on my coffee table and is enjoyed by company of ALL ages!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie S. Glade on November 24, 2013
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This is simple, just like a counting book for wee ones should be. But it is also wonderful because the illustrations are extraordinary. Author/illustrator Anthony Browne, a recent Children’s Laureate in Great Britain, has penned and illustrated more than 40 books! His attention to detail makes these pictures worth lingering over for a really long time.

The book features 10 different primates, plus has a little bit of a clever ending. From the book jacket, colorful inside front and back covers to each and every page, it is a visual wonderland. Your little ones are sure to be motivated to learn how to count after reading One Gorilla. It may also invite you to open an initial discussion about evolution, if you so choose to do so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L Brown on July 30, 2013
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Borrowed from library. My 18 month daughter demands to read it, so I must make it part of our library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sdf on May 24, 2013
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One Gorilla is a woderfully illistrated book. The kids love to sit and look and look at each page. The personalities of each type of monkey pops out at you.
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