* “Not only a special adoption story, but also a heartwarming look at the human-animal relationship.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Hartung gives all the gorillas friendly faces, and Umande’s keepers gaze at him with real affection as they crawl on all fours, groom his fur, and snuggle and tickle him. The book’s final spread, showing Umande and his new mom sleeping in each other’s arms, makes their long-awaited alliance seem meant to be.” – The New York Times
“[Umande’s] facial expressions, cuddling, and toe-sucking will endear him to readers.” – School Library Journal
“Based on a real situation that occurred at these zoos, the story is compelling in its portrayal of zookeeping and gorilla habits as well as the mother-child focus that shapes its emotional core.” – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
A Mom for Umande has been nominated for the Show Me Readers Award from the Missouri Association of School Librarians.