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Little Larry goes to school : the true story of a timid chimpanzee who learned to reach new heights / Gerry Ellis with Mary Rand Hess.

Ellis, Gerry, author. (Author). Hess, Mary Rand, author. (Added Author). National Geographic Society (U.S.), publisher. (Added Author).
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Available copies

  • 1 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bagley Public Library E 599.885 ELL (Text) 33500013020037 New Checked out 09/25/2019
Lake Park LINK Site E 599.885 ELL (Text) 33500013020029 New Checked out 10/03/2019
Godel Memorial-Warren Library e 599.885 ELL (Text) 35500006138729 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781426333163
  • ISBN: 1426333161
  • ISBN: 9781426333170
  • ISBN: 142633317X
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color map ; 26 cm.
  • Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2019]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.: Nonfiction picture book about a young, orphaned chimpanzee who must start at a new school, where he will learn how to climb and build his confidence. Will the sanctuary keepers and other chimpanzees be able to teach Little Larry how to climb so he can graduate from forest school?
Target Audience Note: Age 4-8.
K to Grade 3.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 December #2
    An injured newborn chimpanzee, Little Larry was taken to an African wildlife sanctuary where a caregiver looked after him, fed him, cuddled him, and taught him chimp grooming and communication skills. Gradually introduced to other orphan chimps, he joined them at "the forest school." He enjoyed their company, but rather than climbing trees with them, Little Larry would stay on the ground, apparently afraid. Daphne, a chimp he knew well, repeatedly teased him by snatching his fruit and carrying it up into the canopy. He began to climb after her. Month by month, he gradually built his confidence until he reached the treetops. The straightforward text works well with Ellis' clear, vivid photos. Many children listening to the story will feel kinship with the timid chimp and satisfaction when he overcomes his fears. The appended "Speak like Little Larry" page introduces a few basic chimp sounds and behaviors. Ellis, who also illustrated and coauthored Natumi Takes the Lead (2016), which profiled an orphaned baby elephant, offers another appealing picture book spotlighting a young African animal. Preschool-Grade 3. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

GERRY ELLIS is a wildlife filmmaker, photographer, and writer, whose work has appeared in National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, New York Times, Ranger Rick, and more. His work is now featured in the YouTube channel Apes Like Us, which he also hosts. Ellis is the author of more than a dozen children's books. Documenting nature for more than 30 years inspired him to found GLOBIO, a nonprofit that inspires children to protect all life on Earth.


MARY RAND HESS is a poet, mixed-media artist, screenwriter, and New York Times bestselling author of Solo, Swing, and Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures, all coauthored with Kwame Alexander. She currently lives in California with her husband, sons, and two quirky dogs, where she is hard at work on a few books and screenplays.

Subject: Chimpanzees > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Chimpanzees > Behavior > Juvenile literature.
Wildlife conservation > Cameroon > Juvenile literature.
Animal sanctuaries > Cameroon > Juvenile literature.
Wildlife refuges > Cameroon > Juvenile literature.
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / General.
Chimpanzees > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Chimpanzees > Biography.
Genre: Nonfiction.
Juvenile literature.
Instructional and educational works.
Picture books.
Juvenile works.

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