Reviews for Koko-Love! : Conversations With a Signing Gorilla


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 November 1999
Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. Fans of Koko, the gorilla who can "speak" through sign language, get an update of her doings in this slim, colorful volume. The book begins with Koko's online chat, and after some history about Koko and her "brother" Michael, discusses what's new in Koko's life: a new cat (her kitty, All-ball, died); a visit with Mr. Rogers; a boyfriend, with whom Koko's teachers and caretakers hope she will eventually mate. Koko is also signing all sorts of fresh words and concepts, and she's even painting and helping to write stories (she suggests words as her teacher dictates a tale). Photographer Ronald Cohen has been taking pictures of Koko since 1972, but a few of the ones here are blurry. Even the best shots are not helped by a design that uses overlapping photos and picture borders in various colors. Still, Koko is endlessly fascinating, and the easily digested text is both solid and fun. ((Reviewed November 1, 1999)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2000 Spring
The story of Koko, the gorilla who communicates through a version of American Sign Language, is both touching and fascinating. Unfortunately, the author, Koko's ""adopted mom,"" doesn't publish her research in scientific journals, and most of her claims are discounted by serious animal language researchers. Nevertheless, the text and photos will intrigue animal lovers.Copyright 2000 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Library Journal Reviews 1999 December #1
Gr 2-4-More in the saga of Koko, the communicating gorilla who has pet kittens and continues to learn new language skills, is related by her surrogate mother, Dr. Patterson, and illustrated with good color photographs of various sizes showing Koko's activities and accomplishments in a lively format. She paints pictures, uses a computer, plays with a male gorilla friend who also signs, brushes her teeth, and wants a baby of her own. The simple, clear text traces the gorilla's life to date, cites actual conversations she has had with her human friends, and includes two pages of photos of Koko signing various words, from apple to visit. Readers who want to learn more about the Gorilla Foundation or to help support worldwide ecology efforts are encouraged to visit Koko's Web site or to write to Patterson (and Koko). A lively look at a fascinating subject.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 1999 December
Gr 2-4-More in the saga of Koko, the communicating gorilla who has pet kittens and continues to learn new language skills, is related by her surrogate mother, Dr. Patterson, and illustrated with good color photographs of various sizes showing Koko's activities and accomplishments in a lively format. She paints pictures, uses a computer, plays with a male gorilla friend who also signs, brushes her teeth, and wants a baby of her own. The simple, clear text traces the gorilla's life to date, cites actual conversations she has had with her human friends, and includes two pages of photos of Koko signing various words, from apple to visit. Readers who want to learn more about the Gorilla Foundation or to help support worldwide ecology efforts are encouraged to visit Koko's Web site or to write to Patterson (and Koko). A lively look at a fascinating subject.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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