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Me-- Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Me-- Jane (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Patrick McDonnell

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Title:Me-- Jane
Authors:Patrick McDonnell
Info:New York : Little, Brown, 2011.
Collections:Your library
Tags:adventure, childhood, toys

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Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell (2011)



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This is the story about Jane Goodall and her gift of the toy chimpanzee.
  RachelHollingsworth | Feb 27, 2015 |
I highly enjoyed reading this book because it shared the story of a remarkable person in a way that is comprehensible to children. The author, Patrick McDonnell wrote the story in a way that is simple and straightforward, while still providing meaning for the readers to grasp. McDonnell also gave examples of what Jane did as a child that led her to have a passion for animals. In addition he also gave example of what Jane did that are relatable to the lives of children, for example: "She watched birds making their nests, spiders spinning their webs, and squirrels chasing one another up and down trees." The illustrations also went along perfectly with the text on each page, but still leaving room for readers to imagine what the author was writing about in their own way. In this book there are also illustrations that represent what Jane created as a child and inspired her to want to help animals. The "big idea" of this book is that it is important for children to have big dreams and to not be afraid to pursue them. ( )
  bridgetmcnamara | Feb 16, 2015 |
Genre or type of Picture book: Concept books, Historical Nonfiction Recommended for: Nursery-Primary

Who is Jane? This is the question, that drew me to pick up Patrick McDonnell's book, "Me... Jane." Its imagery reminded me of childhood, with the illustration of a young blonde girl holding her treasured stuffed animal. Who was Jane and why was there a book written about her? These things drew me towards opening the front page.

As I was reading, I came to find that this book, was sweet, and busting with an underlying innocence. A story of dreams, dreamers, and those beside them. The book is short and to the point without being too "simple." Although, the themes are very elementary, all ages can be reminded of them. It is guaranteed to transport adults to a place, they remember, but most of the time feels very far away.

The use of ink and watercolor, adds a whimsical feel to the story, the illustrations flow freely like the movements of a wide-eyed young girl. The illustrations coupled with the text, together, conjoin to create a beautiful book, that is worth reading.

As you read, you might even, think of someone who reminds you of Jane.
  sumnergreen8 | Feb 2, 2015 |
The authors approach of focusing her story on Jane Goodall's childhood helps to make this book more relatable to children. He does include further information about Jane Goodall at the end as well. This book would be a great read in a class to start of a lesson about endangered animals and conservation efforts. I especially love the message included from Jane Goodall herself about how people's actions (even children's) can have a lasting effect on our world.
  JessicaLeupold | Jan 27, 2015 |
Jane adventures, sketches pictures of animals, curious about various animals. Wonders where do eggs come from? Tarzan references. Informational biography book. Stuffed monkey talked about in the book turns into a real monkey. A book about Jane Goodall. Kids get involved. A good book for a library and possibly for a read aloud when discussing biographies and animals.
  kzilinskas | Nov 16, 2014 |
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Wonderfully illustrated, Caldecott Honor, this is a biography of Jane Goodall's childhood.  It describes how Jane's life connection to nature and dedication to learning inspired and lead to her life long dream of living in Africa and working with chimpanzees.  I agree with one of the reviewers and would want to include a story or worksheet that detailed Jane's accomplishments.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316045462, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:43:49 -0400)

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Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals. Includes biographical information on the prominent zoologist.

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