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Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane…

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and…

by Jim Ottaviani, Maris Wicks (Illustrator)

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I really enjoyed this graphic novel. It gives a fairly brief overview of three women, Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas, who studied chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans, respectively. I had no idea of the connection between the three women before reading this novel and found myself wanting to know more about them after finishing, which is always a sign of a good book to me. The illustrations capture the details of observing and studying animals well, showing the hardships and tedium of field study, followed by the pure joy of making a breakthrough. My only complaint is that, although each character has a distinct voice, it is sometimes difficult to tell who is speaking. ( )
  madamerazz | Apr 24, 2014 |
Oh, how I wish the talented Raina Telgemeir had illustrated this graphic novel. Otherwise, it would have simply soared. While the three profiles of these iconic women scientists were interesting, the lettering was a times clunking and schmoosed together, and the illustrations a bit flat. Recommended, for sure, because kids will read it because of the format and awesome cover. ( )
  Mad.River.Librarian | Apr 23, 2014 |
Graphic Novel. Nice but very brief telling of the development as anthropologists of the trio of Louis Leakey's three brightest students: Jane Goodall who studied Chimps in Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, Dian Fossey who studied gorillas in Rwanda, and Birute Galdikas who studied orangutans in Indonesia. ( )
  jtp146 | Mar 15, 2014 |
I really enjoyed the book overall, but I agree with Nicole that it could be a little confusing at times to tell who was talking. Also, something about the phrase "Louis Leakey discovered them" on the flap of the cover really annoyed me. I don't know how else I would have phrased it, but seeing that a man "discovered" all these amazing female scientists really bothered me. ( )
  scote23 | Dec 26, 2013 |
This non-fiction graphic novel combines the stories of three of the greatest primate researchers: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas. Each woman, given their assignment by anthropologist Louis Leakey, studied a different animal. Jane worked with chimpanzees, Dian observed gorillas, and Birute watched orangutans. All three of these scientists was incredibly dedicated both to the work and to the amazing animals that they worked with.
Teens with an interest in nature or science will enjoy this book. Because the author and illustrator do not go very deep into these women’s stories, readers may want to seek out more books on them and their work. The surface nature of what is included was most likely done so that all three women could be included. Also, this book is technically nonfiction, but there have been some changes made to make it a better story and fit the women’s lives together more smoothly. The authors mention this (though they do not mention the specific changes) and include their sources and other books to go to for further reading. ( )
  molbhall | Dec 12, 2013 |
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"This is the true story of three scientists who risked their lives for research that forever changed the way we think of primates- including ourselves"--Dust jacket flap.

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