Monday, March 21, 2011

Nonfiction Monday: Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell

For Nonfiction Monday and Women's History Month, I have reviewed the picture book biography of Jane Goodall by Patrick McDonnell.

Me...Jane
by Patrick McDonnell
Little, Brown and Company, 2011.
ISBN: 978-0-316-04546-9
Grades K-3
Reviewed from personal copy.

Jane, along with her stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee spent much of her childhood exploring the world around her. She not only noticed the plants and animals around her but she took the time to watch their behavior.  Once when she wondered where eggs came from, she sneaked into her grandmother's chicken coop to find out.  Jane also loved to read about other animals, especially African animals.  She loved to pretend to be Jane from the Tarzan novels.  Despite neighbors and friends telling her a life as a naturalist was not acceptable for a girl, Jane never stopped believing and with the encouragement of her mother, she became a naturalist.  Today she still works to help both animals and people and encourages children everywhere to get involved because we can all make a difference.

McDonnell's gentle touch matches up Jane's scientific curiosity and imagination through the engravings and illustrations he uses in this book.  The engravings show the crisp science side of things, whereas the illustrations show the fascination with exploration that Jane still carries with her to this day.  It would be hard to finish this book without a greater appreciation of world around us.

Through the work of Jane and many other female explorers the world of possibilities has opened up for women everywhere.

Other reviews for this book can be found at A Fuse #8 Production, 100 Scope Notes, and Kirkus Reviews

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