Looking For Miza; The True Story Of The Mountain Gorilla Family Who Rescued One Of Their Own


Miza, a mountain gorilla, is separated from her family. Her family searches for her. One day the rangers who keep an eye on the gorillas' activities notice that Miza is back but not her mother. They watch as the other members of Miza�s family step up and help her whenever she needs it.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a very informative book, yet it is easy for a young audience to follow along. The book has lots of great photography of the real gorillas.

Content Awareness Factors:

Although the fact that Miza's mother doesn't return is "real life," it may be too much for some younger readers. For us, it took away from enjoying the story.

Little Kid Reaction

My daughter found this book interesting and enjoyed listening to me read. While she liked that Miza's family searches for her, she did not like that the mother gorilla does not make it back. She liked that the rangers identify the gorillas based on their noses and that they keep a journal with the drawings in them. She liked how the gorillas stay together.

Parent Reaction

This book is very good and informative. I enjoyed reading the story. I was hoping my daughter would like it more, but she is a happy ending kind of reader. When the mother did not come back she decided she did not want to read it again.

Type of Book:
This is a nonfiction story about an animal family.
Educational Themes:

Great photography adds to your ability to explore this book, particularly the gorilla's habitat. Details about the ranger's activities also help expand a child's knowledge of that profession. For older/independent readers and teachers, there is information in the back that can be helpful for building additional natural science lessons.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a girl who is 5 years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a must-have book for school and public libraries. For home reading, though, it is one you'd only share a couple of times.

Title Looking for Miza: The True Story of the Mountain Gorilla Family Who Rescued One of Their Own
Author Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, Dr. Paula Kahumbu
Publisher Scholastic Press © 2008
Illustrators Peter Greste
ISBN 9780545085403
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Nature, Animal (Nonfiction)
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