Friday, May 13, 2011

Me, Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Me . . . JaneMe . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In his characteristic heartwarming style, Patrick McDonnell tells the story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. As the young Jane observes the natural world around her with wonder, she dreams of "a life living with and helping all animals," until one day she finds that her dream has come true.

One of the world's most inspiring women, Dr. Jane Goodall is a renowned humanitarian, conservationist, animal activist, environmentalist, and United Nations Messenger of Peace. In 1977 she founded the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), a global nonprofit organization that empowers people to make a difference for all living things.

With anecdotes taken directly from Jane Goodall's autobiography, McDonnell makes this very true story accessible for the very young—and young at heart.

Jane Goodall has been a name used in our household for years. Back when I was a younger mom and a better mom, I carefully orchestrated only quality programming in our house. Also, we didn't have more than the channels than we could get from using the antenna. Somewhere in there my two daughters became scientists in training.

This is the perfect introduction to Jane Goodall. Using basic colors and uncomplicated illustration, the reader learns about a little girl who dreams of understanding animals better. She grows up and observes chimpanzees in the wild and teaches herself and the chimpanzees how to communicate with one another. She is a pioneer in animal behavior.

My 6 year old loved it.

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