KOKO-LOVE! Conversations With a Signing Gorilla
In 1972 Dr. Francine Patterson began teaching American Sign Language to a 1-year-old gorilla named Koko. In the longest running animal language exit to date, Koko spent 27 years developing a vocabulary of over 1,000 words.
Even more impressive than the breadth of Koko's vocabulary is the way in which she uses these signs to express herself. Koko is able to do so much more t...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Dutton Juvenile
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Cute to the point that I can't stand it, I freakin love Koko. I wish I could meet Koko and we could eat bugs and smoke. Yeah, really, I read once that she used to sign to one of her people who had a cigarette "Give hot smoke! Give hot smoke, please!" That's not in this book, though, cause this is a children's book and children want to read about apes that they can look up to.
This book chronicles the activities of Koko, a gorilla who has been taught to communicate through sign language. Koko paints, helps to write stories with her teacher, takes care of her kitten, and continues to learn. This heartwarming book would be a wonderful addition to a classroom science library for a study on primates, endangered species, or as an interesting look at sign language.
This is a joyful and picture-filled book that will inform youngsters about just how sensitive and intelligent gorillas really are. Koko-Love will be a fine addition to a humane education curriculum, or one on great apes, endangered species, or animal intelligence.