Friday, June 3, 2011

Koko's Story by Dr. Francine Patterson, photographs by Dr. Ronald H. Cohn

Lexile    Not Rated
Pages    40
Ages     9-12  

This is a true story about Koko, a gorilla who was taught American Sign Language by the author, Dr. Francine Patterson. They started with just three words - food, drink, and more. After working with Koko about one month, one morning when she was cutting fruit for Koko's breakfast, Koko signed "food." Dr. Patterson was ecstatic! When Koko saw how happy she was, she was so happy and excited that she plunked a bucket over her head and ran gleefully around the room.

Koko has now learned over 500 signs. It's truly amazing how she can reason and communicate. She jokes, rhymes, and she even lies! People don't often think of animals having personalities, but Koko proves that animals can have personalities just as complex as any person's. When Dr. Patterson gets a second gorilla, Michael, Koko displays signs of jealousy, calling Michael mean names like "Stupid Toilet" and refusing to share her toys.

Koko's Story is a really fun book and the photographs of her with her frog (yes, she had a pet frog!) or her kitten are just cute as can be. This book along with the companion book, Koko's Kitten, is just as fun for adults as it is for children.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Get Koko's Story at the Lake County Public Library or click here to reserve a copy for pick-up at your local branch.

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