Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Matthews, Tom L
Washington, DC : National Geographic Society, 1998
IL 3-6, RL 6.3
ISBN 0792273001
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Are you determined to make your dreams come true?  Dian Fossey was the first human being to befriend and get close to the huge mountain gorillas!  That was her dream.

Animal loving Dian studied and tried to become a veterinarian, but failed in some classes.  Saving all her money to get to Africa, she finally made it there and with great determination trekked up the steep mountains in search of gorillas.  Less than 400 very shy mountain gorillas existed in the thick jungles on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes.

Three years later this determined woman overcame many obstacles to get her dream job of studying mountain gorillas.  For 18 years she lived in a primitive remote camp in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.  Her study of their behaviors even included learning their language.

Find out which gorilla was Dian’s favorite friend, what events made Dian a celebrity and why her life was a “Light shining through the mist”.

Book Talk by Betty Bryson Silverado School Library
(show a clip of the movie, Gorillas in the Mist, as part of  this book talk)

SUBJECTS:     Fossey, Dian.
                        Women -- Biography.

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