Me ... Jane

In this picture book biography, Patrick McDonnell tells the story of a little girl, Jane Goodall, who loves to be outside in nature, playing with her stuffed chimpanzee, Jubilee.  She enjoys climbing trees, watching the miracle of chicken eggs hatching, reading Tarzan of the Apes, and dreaming of one day living in Africa and helping the jungle animals.  The picture book design is really something special.  The endpapers show a graphic African design in earth tones.  The cream-colored pages are made of quality paper and include sketches, childhood photos, McDonnell's watercolor and ink whimsical illustrations, and vintage print and engraved images of the natural world.  This collage effect engages the reader and youngsters will pour over the charming pages to the conclusion where a color photograph shows the grown-up Jane Goodall extending her hand to a real baby chimpanzee in Tanzania.  Indeed, the message that dreams truly can come true will be a welcomed one for young dreamers.  In the back matter there is additional information about Jane Goodall, primatologist, environmentalist, humanitarian, and United Nations Messenger of Peace.  Websites are included for further information about the work Jane Goodall continues to do in the world.


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