Who walks first, a gorilla baby or a human baby? It is questions like these that relate a child’s world to the animal world and spark further discussion and learning. The Gorillas issue of Zoobooks (now in homes and on the newsstand) has a chart comparing the development of gorilla babies to human babies. Accompanying that chart are pages of illustrations and photographs showing young gorillas playing in ways that every child will recognize.

To see and hear more about a real baby gorilla, visit the Smithsonian’s National Zoo website at http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/Primates/MeetPrimates/MeetGorillas/2009baby/ and go to the bottom of the page to see the video of a mother Gorilla and newborn.

Like all of us, kids love showing off what they’ve learned. So after reading Zoobooks Gorillas, go to www.zoobooks.com/twenty. You’ll find twenty question games about all kinds of animals. You can select “apes” and in a fun, non-competitive way “test” what you’ve learned.

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