A Mom for Umande

The heart tugging true story of how a baby gorilla found love in the arms of a surrogate mom When Umande was born, his mother didn t know how to take care of him So, he was hand reared by keepers at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs For eight months, the keepers crawled on the ground with him to show him how to walk coughed in his face to teach him disciplThe heart tugging true story of how a baby gorilla found love in the arms of a surrogate mom When Umande was born, his mother didn t know how to take care of him So, he was hand reared by keepers at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs For eight months, the keepers crawled on the ground with him to show him how to walk coughed in his face to teach him discipline and gave him happy gorilla grumbles to encourage him But for Umande, something was still missing Luckily, a thousand miles away at the Columbus Zoo, a mom was waiting just for him This touching true story about finding a family will resonate with animal lovers and adoptive families alike Share this book with fans of Owen Mzee, Tarra Bella, and Knut.
A Mom for Umande The heart tugging true story of how a baby gorilla found love in the arms of a surrogate mom When Umande was born his mother didn t know how to take care of him So he was hand reared by keepers at t

  • Title: A Mom for Umande
  • Author: Maria Faulconer Susan Kathleen Hartung
  • ISBN: 9780803737624
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. This review originally appeared on Such a Novel Idea.I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This summer I spent a great deal of time working on a grant project involving new children's books. I spent several days sorting brand new children's books, which of course lead to me coveting several of the books for my kids. One happened to be A Mom for Umande, so I was pretty excited to be a part of [...]

    2. This little gorilla's story will tug at your heartstrings bringing tears to your eyes. The author tells his story with such grace and tenderness, even your little one will understand, feel, the love that went into this book.When Umande was born, his mom didn't know how to care for him. Even though they were both surrounded by other gorillas, none of the others had ever had any experience with how to handle a baby gorilla, the band did not know how to support and aid the new mother. Umande was le [...]

    3. I love this book so much! I read it to my 4 year old expecting a title about a gorilla finding a mom, probably due to the death of his birth mother. I was not expecting such a great narrative for foster kids!In this true story, Umande is born to Kwisha in a zoo, but Kwisha has had no examples of how to mother and is unable to care for him. Zookeepers intervene and act as Umande's mom, walking on hands and knees and trying to teach him to be a gorilla. When he's 7 months old, they try again to in [...]

    4. In this true story, when Umande is born in the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, his mother is too young and inexperienced to know how to interact with him, so he ends up in the hands of his keepers. They love him, care for him, and teach him how to be a gorilla, but it's not the same as having a mother, so he is shipped to the Columbus Zoo, where an older, more experienced gorilla adopts him and loves him as one of her own. Contains an author's note with more background on Umande, his keepers, and his fel [...]

    5. Picture book version of a true story about adoption involving two very special gorillas. Umande's birth mother gorilla is unable to care for him because she is young and doesn't know how to be a mother. Many kind zookeepers do their best to teach Umande how to be a gorilla, but he eventually finds himself at the Columbus Zoo where he meets Lulu and forms an immediate bond.Simple, high interest, and supported by many oil glaze illustrations that will warm readers' hearts. An author's note follows [...]

    6. A unique adoption story about a baby gorilla. I think it is a little long for my monkey/primate story time, but I definitely want to keep it in mind for adoption requests. (I really like the way they describe Umande's birth mother as too young and not knowing what Umande needs.)

    7. Based on a true story, this picture book tells of how a baby gorilla found a mother of his own. When Umande was born, his mother didn’t know how to care for him. So the keepers of the zoo had to step in and help, taking care of his infant needs and later showing him to to play and eat as a young gorilla. After he was 8 months old, the zoo moved Umande to a different zoo across the country where Lulu, an experienced gorilla mother was waiting for him. They were slowly introduced to one another, [...]

    8. Rationale:This story is told from the point of view of the neither adopter or the adoptee, it is from a third person point of view. The story tells how a baby gorilla named Umande was not taken care of by it's biological, but instead it was reared by first a team of zookeepers who stayed with the gorilla 24 hours a day 7 days a week and then at 8 months was relocated to the Columbus Zoo where a female gorilla named Lulu adopted Umande as her own. The story highlights the how desperately Umande j [...]

    9. I really enjoyed this one for a number of reasons. Of course, it connects with my hometown zoo, so there's that :) More importantly, this shows the reality of zoo life for some animals- not all moms take care of their babies, so some babies end up in the nursery. Shows the time and effort zookeepers put in to animal care. I also love that the book doesn't blame or shame the (gorilla) characters. One gorilla wants a playmate, but isn't ready to be a mom. Another gorilla has other responsibilities [...]

    10. A Mom For Umande caught me after just seeing the front of the book :) I could tell that it was definitely going to be a story about the love between a mother and child, and that is something that I always love to read. What I didn't realize was that the mother in the story was NOT Umande's biological mother and it really displays the love and affection that both humans and other animals can have for each other. I love the relationship between the girl and Umande but when he meets Lulu it just ma [...]

    11. This is a fiction story, but based on a beautiful true one. Umande, a newborn lowland gorilla at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado is born to a young gorilla, and she doesn’t know how to care for this new baby, won’t pick him up or take the steps needed for Umande. The zoo keepers take over and for eight months pretend to be his mother. They feed him, play with him, carry him around, and once in while see if his mother won’t begin to bond with him. She doesn’t. A co [...]

    12. This is a heartwarming tale of a young gorilla who is cared for by loving zookeepers when his mother didn't know how to take care of him. Later, he is paired with an older adoptive gorilla mom who takes over the job and loves Umande as one of her own. The story is engaging and our girls loved that it is true. We enjoyed reading the author's note that explains how the story was shortened and simplified, focusing on just a few of Umande's caregivers, rather than the entire team. We also appreciate [...]

    13. There is something remarkably touching about a baby without a mother. It's heart-wrenching. Umande is born in a zoo to a young female gorilla who has no idea how to mother her baby. As a result, the zoo keepers have to take care of Umande. It was amazing the dedication of the baby gorilla's caretakers in spending so much time and effort caring for him, including walking on hands and knees with the baby clinging to their bellies. But still, Umande needed a gorilla mother and this story is all abo [...]

    14. This book was very touching, and I think it would make a fantastic companion text to "Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla." Like Ivan's story, Umande's tale centers around a baby gorilla -- one whose own mother couldn't care for her baby, leading a group of extraordinary animal care specialists to do everything they can to find a mom for Umande! I can definitely understand why this book is on the Missouri Show-Me Reader nominee list this year, and I will be sharing it wi [...]

    15. Update: I read this to my kindergarten and 2nd grade students. Every single student LOVED the story. They were so engaged. Great book!! A touching story about a little gorilla who is taken care of my humans after his mother cannot take care of him. Eventually, knowing he is missing something the humans can't provide him with, they find an adoptive gorilla mother to take care of him. Beautiful illustrations and a great story. I am so glad I was a giveaway winner on this book! My students will lov [...]

    16. This book might be a good option for a parent wanting stories to start a conversation about adoption or foster parents. Since it is about animals not people it might provide a lower stress introduction to the ideas for a younger child. I liked that in this story the birth mother is presented in a mater of fact way, with out moralizing or judgement, but also that the story focused most on the many people and eventually gorilla that provided Umande with love and attention.

    17. This is a book that would work wonderfully for a child who has been adopted or is accepting someone else as their caregiver than their mother or father. It has an excellent message that the parents aren't failing to take care of Umande because he is a bad gorilla or they don't like him. They simply don't know how to take care of him. Lulu does. Good for the connection to Columbus Zoo too.

    18. I started this because it is based upon a true story that deals with two gorillas, one from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado. Colorado Kids seem to love true stories so this may end up on the 2016 CCBA possibles list.

    19. Sweet and clear, this hopeful tale is a lovely story of the bond of parents and children… animal or human, adopted or biological. It also shows kids that, although things don't often work out instantly, with time and effort solutions are possible. Heartwarming.

    20. A sweet story of a gorilla baby in captivity. It shows the keeper's efforts to care for him and find a mom for him at another zoo. Adorable and informative, any young animal lover will adore this book.

    21. I am a sucker for sappy animal stories with happy endings. Throw in a true story and you have my heart. That was A Mom For Umande. Based off a true story of a rejected gorilla who finds a new mom and the dedicated zoo keepers who made it happen.

    22. I am a sucker for true stories about animals, especially apes. This is a beautiful tale of human compassion and determination to improve the quality of life for captive animals. It also shows us how strong the bonds can be among primate families, born or adopted.

    23. Readers may have lots of questions about why Umande's mom rejected her and played roughly with her as this is not explained

    24. I believe this is a fictionalized account of a true story. Very sweet, and a good one to use with adoption stories for the younger set.

    25. Beautiful story of a baby gorilla that was born to a mother that was too young to know what to do with him. The zoo found a replacement mother and all was well.

    26. bookaday #128. Tender story based on current events, with lovely artwork. Columbus Zoo does excellent work, enjoyed my few visits there.

    27. This book was interesting but could have been much better if it had explored the reasons for Umande's mother's inability to raise him and some of the sadness associated with animals living in zoos.

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