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Who on Earth is Dian Fossey?

Defender of the Mountain Gorillas

Series: Scientists Saving the Earth

By Jill Menkes Kushner

Dian Fossey dedicated herself to the preservation of African mountain gorillas, a cause that would eventually claim her life. Author Jill Menkes Kushner has written this biography exploring the life and work of Dian Fossey, a pioneering mountain gorilla researcher.

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Reviews

"This book immediately hooked me with its introduction, which describes Dian Fossey seeing, smelling, and interacting with gorillas for the very first time. This engagement with both the story of Fossey and the science that is embedded within the story is present throughout the remainder of the volume. The book is filled with factual information, yet is written in a manner that makes both Fossey and her gorillas come to life for the reader . . . This is a very enjoyable book, and young readers will learn much from it."

Science Books & Films, December 2009

"Readers are challenged to discuss Fossey’s work and conduct further research, always considering the role of humans as they interact with other species."

Children's Literature

". . . readers will get a sense of the subjects' importance in their fields."

The Horn Book Guide, Spring 2010

". . . this series is most appropriate for a middle school audience and will be a useful reference for those doing research on environmental issues or scientists."

VOYA, February 2010

". . . excellent for research projects."

Catholic Library World, June 2010

"The writing is clear and informative . . . All of the books do an excellent job of incorporating and documenting quotes and research from outside sources. Good choices for biography sections."

School Library Journal, January 2010

"The straightforward text, written in simply structured sentences well suited to struggling readers, lets the facts of Fossey's remarkable life speak for themselves, and other sections about gorillas and their threatened habitats add even more context. Teachers may want to incorporate many of Kushner's questions, such as those about the complex meaning of conservation, into classroom discussion, while independent young researchers will appreciate the well-organized text, chronology, glossary, and chapter notes. A useful, compact introduction to one of the twentieth-century's most influential conservation heroes."

Booklist, February 15, 2010

"Enjoyable reading yet very informative . . . Extremely highly recommended for upper elementary and middle school grades."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, January 2010

". . . use this book for discussion of many issues, particularly in the middle school grades . . . also use it in the upper elementary grades to research gorillas and for learning about science careers."

National Science Teachers Association Recommends Web site, posted January 5, 2010

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