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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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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 |
This Caldecott Honor Book tells the story of a little girl named Jane, who grew up to become the famous primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall. The story and illustrations are absolutely charming.

McDonnell describes how Jane read books about Tarzan and Jane, and dreamed of a life in Africa, living with, and helping, all animals.

The author explains how at night, Jane would tuck her stuffed toy chimpanzee into bed with her, say her prayers, and fall asleep, to awake one day to her dream come true.

An "Afterward" by the author provides more background on Jane Goodall, followed by “A Message from Jane” about how each one of us can make a difference.

The whimsical illustrations by the author (known primarily as the man behind the MUTTS comic strip), are simple cartoon-like images made with India ink and watercolors that have a charming, child-friendly appeal. I was reminded a bit of the drawings in the original Hugh Lofting edition of The Story of Dr. Doolittle, another book that Jane read over and over as a little girl. Occasional stamped images appear on some pages, and a few of Jane’s own sketches and drawings are included. The effect is very much like a diary or scrapbook. The actual photograph at the end of Jane joining hands with a real chimpanzee appears like a revelation.

Evaluation: This book will inspire children to see that if they have a passion, it is not impossible for their dreams to come true. ( )
  nbmars | Sep 27, 2014 |
Caldecott Honor Award. Good story to teach Main Idea and Theme. Main Idea - A story of Jane Goodall's childhood and her love of animals. Theme - Dreams and passions. Author's Message- Be passionate and curious enough to follow your dreams. ( )
  shaberstroh | Sep 23, 2014 |
This is a wonderful book on the childhood of Jane Goodall. ( )
  Heidi_Ruckle | Jul 18, 2014 |
This is the story of Jane Goodall as a young girls and how her hopes of achieving her dream.
  laurlou | Jun 10, 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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