Monday, January 12, 2015

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: A Mom for Umande by Maria Faulconer


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.


Maria Faulconer has published fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. She loves writing stories, especially ones that tug at the heartstrings. A huge animal lover, and an adoptive mom herself, she knew when she saw a photo of a baby gorilla snuggling with his surrogate mom that she had to tell their story – A Mom for Umande. Her first children’s book, Arianna and the Strawberry Tea, was used for a statewide literacy program. She currently writes for Colorado Springs Style magazine and is working on a YA novel. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two children.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


There is something remarkably touching about a baby without a mother.  It's heart-wrenching.  Umande is born in a zoo to a young female gorilla who has no idea how to mother her baby.  As a result, the zoo keepers have to take care of Umande.  It was amazing the dedication of the baby gorilla's caretakers in spending so much time and effort caring for him, including walking on hands and knees with the baby clinging to their bellies.  But still, Umande needed a gorilla mother and this story is all about how that happened. Stories like this remind me of the good that is still prevalent in the world.  The illustrations are absolutely adorable and very appealing.  This book is bound to be a sure winner.


Winner will receive a gift basket that includes a $50 Amazon gift card, a copy of A MOM FOR UMANDE, a stuffed baby gorilla, a gorilla zoo book, a miniature wooden zoo train set, Gummi Bears, and rock candy!

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Monday, January 12th - Geo Librarian
Tuesday, January 13th - A Book and a Latte
Wednesday, January 14th - Bumbles and Fairy-Tales
Friday, January 16th - In Between the Pages
Monday, January 19th - Such a Novel Idea
Wednesday, January 21st - Mundie Kids
Friday, January 23rd - Adoption Mama
Monday, January 26th - WS Momma Readers Nook
Wednesday, January 28th - A Leisure Moment
Friday, January 30th - Historical Fiction Obsession


  1. I had tons of favorites, some primate related like Curious George and Tarzan, some not, like Treasure Island. This looks like a really fun story. Thanks.

  2. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. My favorite book was Anne of Green Gables since it was unforgettable, memorable and meaningful. I was captivated with this book and then the entire series. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Charlotte's Web is my favorite childhood book.


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