Grades 3 - 5
Grade level Equivalent: 5.9
Lexile Measure®: 920L
DRA: Not Available
Guided Reading: Not Available
- General Nonfiction
- Animal Babies and Parents
- Apes and Monkeys
- Endangered Animals and Welfare
About This Book
Miza is an orphaned gorilla. This is her story.
In a place called Congo, in the volcanic mountains of Vigunga National Park, a young female Mountain Gorilla named Miza ("Meeza") was orphaned when her parents were killed. Miza, who had no one to protect her or teach her how to live, was rescued by a young Silverback Mountain Gorilla named Kabirizi and his family of twenty-seven Mountain Gorillas. It's almost unheard of for a gorilla family to take in an orphan. Experts and the people who care deeply about these gorillas are thrilled and hopeful.
Mountain Gorillas face an especially uncertain future. Not only are they an endangered species, but the delicate and harsh political situation in Congo has put them in grave danger. The amazing Congolese Mountain Rangers, for no pay, risk their lives every day to protect these majestic creatures, but it will take more than their protection to keep Miza, her family, and other Mountain Gorillas safe.
Filled with lush photographs by award-winning photographer Peter Greste, Looking for Miza is a powerful call to action. The fate of Mountain Gorillas is in our hands. It's Miza's story and it's our story, too.
""Kids will feel the emotional impact..." — Publishers Weekly
Exclusive Bonus: Author Craig Hatkoff describes how they created the book cover.