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Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane…

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and… (2013)

by Jim Ottaviani, Maris Wicks (Illustrator)

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Prior to this book, I had some basic knowledge of Goodall, Fossey, and the Leakys, and I was not really familiar with Galdikas. This book helped to flesh out their stories. Some things were left to inference or asked mature readers to rely on context outside of the book to fully understand certain events. I believe this was to make the book more appropriate for young readers (example: the books doesn't explain what happened to Digit or Fossey). The story gave the impression that Mary Leaky was mostly just a disgruntled wife, without really including any of her own accomplishments. It was interesting to learn more about all of these scientific pioneers, along with their connections to one another. This is a good introductory read that will encourage you to learn more. ( )
  EllsbethB | Feb 11, 2016 |
"Primates..." gives a brief overview of the work of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas. All three women were championed by anthropologist Louis Leaky and studied chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans, respectively. The book delves into the hardships of working in the field as well as the dedication these women had for their work. This is a graphic novel, which I would have available in the classroom as a resource for students that might respond better to its format than to the format of a traditional book. ( )
  HadleyAdkins | Jan 25, 2015 |
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  activelearning | Dec 14, 2014 |
I picked up this book at the bookstore and was instantly smitten with it. However, at the time I was feeling guilty about how much money I'd been spending on books, so I put it back down and checked this out at the library instead.

I may have to buy it anyway.

Let me write you a love song to this book. Everything about it was enchanting. Of course, I already knew that I was interested in the topic -- having read a few books by Jane Goodall and seen a biopic on Dian Fossey. I had also recently read about Louis Leakey (in A Brain for All Seasons), though I hadn't put it together that it was the same Leakey who recruited women and sent them off into the jungle to observe primates until reading this. So it was no surprise to find myself in love from the very first page. The illustration style was endearing. The details chosen and the way each person was introduced and conveyed showed just how different the three women are/were, despite all that they had in common. And while I'm certainly not an expert on the subject, it seemed that Leakey's "woman problem" was handled pretty evenly and matter-of-factly -- his affairs with students/mentees (he was a married man), sometimes unwanted sexual attention, while simultaneously putting women on a pedestal as naturally superior researchers.

These three women (and Leakey, of course), changed what it means to be human. They altered our relationship to the rest of the animal kingdom forever. This is a fantastic introduction to their work, but could definitely only be considered an introduction. It has definitely made me want to learn more about both Leakey and Galdikas.

Always more books to read! (Helpfully, there is a lovely bibliography at the back.) ( )
2 vote greeniezona | Sep 20, 2014 |
My VOYA: 4Q 4P

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 |
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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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