Last week I participated in the Unforgotten Blog Tour, a new title about the life of Dian Fossey. There you learned of TWO LIES AND ONE TRUTH about this iconic mountain gorilla researcher, written by author Anita Silvey. Today is my review of this book.

Six chapters reveal the story of Dian’s dedication to these fascinating animals. The road had many successes. Befriending the Gorillas like no one had done before and eventually publishing her book, Gorillas in the MIst were definite highlights. Not left out are the down moments including alcoholism and her murder in 1985.

Pictured bios of the gorillas she became attached to are included. Dian remembered each by their unique noses—no two were alike. The highlights don’t stop there. Full details about The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas show the great progress made to this day. In 1973 Fossey recorded only 275 gorillas living in Volcanoes National Park; there are about twice that many today.

I particularly enjoyed the back pages where a FIELD NOTES include maps, a timeline of her life, a plant guide, and further resources.

UNFORGOTTEN is an engrossing read with excellent photos. Young readers will be inspired and possibly motivated to pursue their own career in protecting animals. Highly recommended for the school and home library.


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Climbing another mountain...always striving to reach the next peak in my life and career.
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3 Responses to UNFORGOTTEN

  1. This sounds like a wonderful book with lots of interesting facts and pictures. So many of my students love nonfiction and it is always nice to hear about new books I should add to my collection. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I know readers will love this book about Dian’s life work. She showed the world the real inner life of gorillas in the wild. I always loved the movie based on Gorilla’s in the Mist. Such a beautiful share today about one remarkable woman!

  3. Completely Full Bookshelf says:

    I recall your post for this book’s blog tour, and I’m glad to hear that it lives up to the hype! Dian Fossey seems to have lived an impactful life in helping these animals, although it is unfortunate that it ended in murder. Thanks so much for the great review!

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