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Me . . . Jane Hardcover – April 5, 2011
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"This remarkable picture book is one of the few that speaks, in a meaningful way, to all ages."―Booklist, starred review
"McDonnell's book is... inspirational."―The Horn Book, starred review
"Children will appreciate McDonnell's original format and take heart that interests logged in their own diaries might turn into lifelong passions."―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"McDonnell's skill as a cartoonist enables him to express Goodall's joy, wonder and satisfaction with a simple stroke of the pen."―New York Times
"[A] tender homage... engaging... an appealing and satisfying introduction to a well-known scientist and activist."―School Library Journal
"McDonnell's concentration on [Goodall's] childhood fantasies carries a strong message to readers that their own dreams--even the wildly improbable ones--may be realizable, too."―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Patrick sits on the board of directors of the Humane Society of the United States. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Karen; their two formerly feral cats, MeeMow and Not Ootie; and their adopted terrier, Amelie. Patrick's website is www.muttscomics.com.
Top Customer Reviews
This is the story of Jane Goodall as a young girl presented in a way that is bound to appeal to the targeted age group of 4 to 8. It features Doctor Goodall as a little girl and her stuffed chimpanzee as (Jubilee) they begin an adventure which will take her on an amazing life adventure far, far from her home; an adventure that is continuing to this day.
We see the young Jane becoming more and more fascinated with the natural world around her as she investigates the "exotic" wildlife around her such as squirrels, barnyard chickens and birds. Her vivid imagination and natural curiosity shine through on every page and we are treated to a glimpse of the Jane to come.
The text here is simple....
"One day, curious Jane wondered
where eggs came from.
So she and Jubilee snuck into
Grandmas Nutt's chicken coop..."
While simple, it most certainly tells a story; a story of growth and of one that will enchant and inspire the wee ones just getting started.
The illustrations are beautifully done; simply yet extremely well executed and go perfect with the text. On each facing page the author/illustrator has featured lightly printed engravings of a bygone age behind the print on the page. This is extremely effective.Read more ›
It's the story of Jane Goodall as a young girl and her stuffed animal monkey. McDonnell draws her monkey as if he is alive. It reminded me of Calvin and Hobbs in that way. But all kids see their animals as real. I know I did. The illustrations are so lovely. I teared up at the end. I recommend it to all animal lovers.
McDonnell's whimsical, childlike watercolor and ink illustrations are the star of this little book, which has very minimal text. We meet the child Jane with her prized stuffed chimpanzee, Jubilee, who accompanies her on all her adventures. Jane loved to be outside from an early age, taking great joy in observing nature and even writing about it in her notebooks (a page from which, complete with misspellings, is reproduced in this volume). "It was a magical world full of joy and wonder, and Jane felt very much a part of it." Jane sits high up in her favorite tree, reading the adventures of Tarzan and another girl named Jane in far-off Africa, and dreams of a life in Africa helping animals. At the end of this book, we see a grown-up Jane, waking up in a tent, befriending a real chimpanzee who looks much like Jubilee.
I loved everything about this book, including the nostalgic design, with the eggshell colored paper, old-fashioned type face, subtly colored illustrations which somehow give the book an old-fashioned tinge, and the use of ornamental engravings from the 19th and early 20th century, which appear to have been subtly stamped on the pages.Read more ›
I grew up a fan of Jane Goodall and being able to share this story with my kids and reading a little bit about Jane's life is fascinating. It's not just the story I love, but the illustrations and soft pastel colors really bring this story to life.
With Jane's inspirational message to "Follow Your Dreams", this is a book that I'd recommend to have in your personal home library and in the classroom. This is a great book to introduce younger students to Jane Goodall. I would be really surprised if Me... Jane doesn't win some sort of award. It's truly a beautiful book and a wonderful story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter loves that there is a book about a real little girl who loves what she loves and grew up to do amazing things.Published 8 days ago by Cassandra
This is such a sweet book....my four year old absolutely loves it and I enjoy reading it to him. Beautifully illustrated as well. A great addition to any child's library.Published 15 days ago by Christina R
If there were 10 stars I'd give them to this book. It is absolutely amazing. The artwork is gorgeous, the story charming. I am in love with this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathy Weber
What a great book, I checked this out at the library for my 3-year old daughter. We loved it so much we plan to buy it to add to our book collection. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lisa Winnett
I am a huge Jane Goodall fan and frankly many times wish I had followed my own dreams of physical anthropology.
My just-turned-two year old loves books. Read more