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Book Title: A Mom for Umande|
Date of issue: April 3rd 2014
ISBN 13: 9780803737624
The author of the book: Maria Faulconer
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 362 KB
Edition: Dial Books
Read full description of the books 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 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.
Read information about the authorWhen Maria saw the photograph of a baby gorilla nestled in the arms of his adoptive mom, she was captivated by the sheer joy on their faces. An adoptive mom herself, Maria knew she had to write a story about this resilient gorilla, and A Mom for Umande was born.
Maria's love for books began at her Austrian mother's knee while listening to Grimm's fairy tales. Growing up in San Francisco, she wrote poems and stories but never dreamed she could be a writer.
Instead, after receiving a BA from Stanford University and an MA in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Colorado, she took a different career path, teaching high school English and counseling emotionally disturbed teens.
One day, she wrote and sold a story about a gymnast whose goal was to compete in the Olympics. She was hooked.
Since then, she's been published in magazines, journals, newspapers and anthologies for children and adults.
Her first children's book Arianna and the Strawberry Tea, was promoted on national morning talk show, named a shelf talker for Barnes and Noble and selected for a state-wide literacy program.
A Mom for Umande has received numerous accolades, including a starred review in Kirkus, and mention in the New York Times and USA Today.
Maria loves cooking, prowling coffee houses and bookstores, and roaming the world - from the moors of Yorkshire to the crooked streets of San Francisco, always looking for more stories.
She lives in Colorado with her husband and two children.
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