Long ago local hunters captured a white baby gorilla in the jungles of Equatorial Guinea, a former Spanish colony in Africa. A rare and unusual creature, the little gorilla soon captured the hearts of gorilla experts doing field work in that country. Eventually sent to Barcelona, Spain, the white gorilla became an instant and adored icon in the city zoo. Set in Spain and Equatorial Guinea, the only Spanish speaking African nation, El gorila blanco de Guinea Española features unique vocabulary and fascinating cognates. Besides this, the book explores themes such as conservation, colonialism, exploitation, and the persecution of the outcast. Written in the present tense with vivid illustrations on every page, El gorila blanco de Guinea Española is a compelling and comprehensible novel for Novice level readers and above.
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A masterpiece of Literature. Brilliant. Above even the prowess of Hemingway, Dickens, Orwell, Tolkein, and Shakespeare. Its plot is flawless, engaging and beautiful, and its humor rich and hilarious. I see no way in which this book may be surpassed, and it is Dexemple's masterwork and magnum opus.
Students have argued over who gets to read this book, as I bought only one. Like my students, I think the premise is super interesting. I am not fond of the poop references.
This book took my breath away! The story made me cry for the beautiful orphaned baby Copito, and then cheer when Copito grew into a mischievous gorilla and found love at last. A true story, perfect for animal lovers!
The illustrations are beautiful, in the style of a graphic novel, and they make the language comprehensible to everyone, beginners to advanced. The writing is clear, easy-to-read, highly comprehensible.
You MUST read this compelling book. Share it with students. It will touch your heart and theirs.