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Gary and Ray Hardcover – May 25, 2010

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PreS-Gr 1–Gary is lonely because the other forest animals find a gorilla too intimidating to play with. A tiny sunbird named Ray sees his sadness and befriends him. Gary is happy, but still wishes he could have a family of his own. Ray finds Susan for him, and the rest is history. The extremely simple story line holds little drama, and the human names and anthropomorphized attitudes of the animals are at odds with the naturalistic illustrations. Despite the flatness of the story, readers will be entranced by the textured lino prints, reminiscent of the woodcuts in Gail E. Haley's A Story, A Story (Atheneum, 1970). Stylized and blocky but full of movement, the artwork is the highlight of this book. Purchase where jungle stories are in high demand, or for use in an art-appreciation lesson.Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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Gary the gorilla is sad because he seems to be the only animal in the deep African jungle without a friend, until one day Ray, a tiny sunbird, flies into his hand, and they become best friends. Gary and Ray celebrate their friendship by dancing, singing, swinging, and playing hide-and-seek until Ray suddenly disappears, eventually returning with a surprise for Gary. Ray has found Susan, a female gorilla friend for Gary. It’s love at first sight; flip the page and we see Gary and Susan with a young gorilla and the message “And Gary was never lonely again.” The charming illustrations, vibrantly colored lino prints, will be a draw to many readers, showing the verdant jungle with several varieties of inhabitants. The sweet story about the yearning for companionship will resonate with many as well. Pair with Atsuko Morozumi’s My Friend Gorilla (1998) for a different gorilla-friendship story or Julia Durango’s Go-Go Gorillas (2010), about gorillas that really know how to live it up. Preschool-Grade 2. --Randall Enos
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Bks (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845079558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845079550
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,344,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lovely story that just barely touches on things like poaching, bad dreams, and loneliness without being preachy or too dark, and balances them out with friendship and family in a believable way. Not too long for a small wiggly kid. This is my 3-year-old daughter's adaptation of the story, done with Lego animals:

Chloe: I was just telling a story about dis giraffe. He has no one to love him. And his flower died. But he watered it before it died. So it grew. And den he went deep into the forest to find some friends. And he found the pig. And dey made a family. *smashes pig and giraffe together repeatedly* Dey are kissing. See how much dey kiss? Dey will not stop kissing forever.
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The illustrations in this book are so vivid and rich. They beautifully capture the changing moods of Gary the gorilla, and the world he lives in. The story is sweet, and my toddler enjoys reading this one over and over again. He learned about a family from this little book, which earned bonus points from Mom!
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Artistry and story are wonderful, the story contracts being alone and wanting to be loved with of having a family which brings companionship, love, joy and contentment!
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This is a great book. My preschoolers really enjoyed the story line of friendship and so did the parentals. Fun illustrations.
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