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Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas Hardcover – June 11, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: First Second (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596438657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596438651
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ottaviani’s latest, after Feynman (2011), manages to compress the fascinating stories of three groundbreaking scientists—Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas—into a slim volume without skimping on their rich characters and joyful discoveries. Thanks to Wicks’ colorful, lively, Hergé-like art, each scientist (and primate) has a distinct personality, but it’s the depictions of the animals—emerging from lush, leafy backgrounds or lolling in trees—that steal the show. A chimp mugs to the viewer with a boastful, precocious grin, for instance, after Goodall observes it using a tool to forage for food. For all the playful mugging and gratifying discoveries, though, Ottaviani doesn’t shy away from the struggles of living and working in the bush. Presented as dedicated, iconoclastic, and profoundly in awe of the creatures around them, Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas are inspiring figures, and Ottaviani does a first-rate job of dangling enough tantalizing tidbits to pique readers’ interest in the topic. The actual science is a bit light, but an author’s note strongly encourages further reading and includes resources. Grades 9-12. --Sarah Hunter

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An accessible introduction to Goodall's, Fossey's and Galdikas' lives and work. (Kirkus Reviews)

A graphic format admirably propels this lightly fictionalized group biography. (The Horn Book)

Presented as dedicated, iconoclastic, and profoundly in awe of the creatures around them, Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas are inspiring figures, and Ottaviani does a first-rate job of dangling enough tantalizing tidbits to pique readers' interest in the topic. (Booklist)

The story of how each of these women loved primates and lived among them to study their behavior is compelling, and might inspire a whole new generation of scientists to follow in their footsteps. (School Library Journal)

This is an inviting introduction that will undoubtedly lure many readers into further investigation of this groundbreaking fieldwork. (BCCB)

Splendid. (The Miami Herald on Feynman)

Entertaining and informative. (Science on Feynman)

Lovely. (Newsday on Feynman)

Captures the jazzy flow of Feynman's life in its spare lines. (USA Today on Feynman)

These images capture with remarkable sensitivity the essence of Feynman's character. The comic-book picture somehow comes to life and speaks with the voice of the real Feynman. (Freeman Dyson, The New York Review of Books on Feynman)

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I really enjoyed this little book, and I am so glad I happened to stumble upon it!
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I love the way this graphic novel approached the lives of these scientists, bringing them to life through the stories that made them famous.
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With luck, it will inspire some readers to read the books they, themselves, wrote.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By OpheliasOwn VINE VOICE on June 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Having just read Endangered by Eliot Schrefer, it seemed fortuitous that I would wander into a local bookstore to find this little gem facing out at me from a shelf in the children's department. Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas is a graphic, slightly fictionalized history of the three women who started with Louis Leakey and transformed the world's knowledge of the great apes.

Jane Goodall is probably the most well known of these three women, and she was the first woman Leakey was successful in sending to study the great apes. When his former secretary wasn't successful with the chimpanzees (or terribly interested), Goodall, a woman with no formal degree or experience in conducting such a study, was sent. It was there that she conducted some of the most groundbreaking research ever done on the chimpanzees.

Dian Fossey didn't wait for Leakey to discover her, she hunted him down and demanded to be sent to study the mountain gorillas. Leakey, still convinced women are better at this kind of research, put her study together and sent her. It was there that the gorillas became the life and death of Dian Fossey. Her refusal to back down from dangerous people's protection of the poaching of the gorillas was her undoing, but even in death, she is a champion for these beautiful animals.

Birute Galdikas is the least known of these three women. Having come to Leakey after Fossey and Goodall, she was most interested in the illusive orangutans. Lucky for these creatures, their ability to fade into the mist also made them difficult to hunt, which was a protection in and of itself. Galdikas herself was as illusive as her orangutans, but the research she gathered is still unmatched.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gedanken@edgeoftheworld.us on November 16, 2014
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Id like to be clear i am not just unhappy because i was expecting this to be a suitable science book for young kids. Even when viewing it with an older audience in mind, I was not impressed.

If you want a short summary of their lives, this book is excellent. And the art style is very endearing. Its not unpleasant to read by any means.

But it reads like an autobiography. Jane did this. Jane said that. Jane went home.

Also, and there is no good way the author could avoid some of this, we are talking about the 1960s and Leaky. It goes out of its way to mention with both Goodall and Fossey that Leaky flat-out said he was only hiring them because they are women and studying chimp is womens work because they are soft, patient, and passive. That may very well be true, i dont know, but its not something i want to program a younger reader with. It also discusses wives being jealous and women needing chaperones because Goodall, because Leaky showed such an intense interest in her when she had no credentials, was suspected of picking her for lets call it extra-curricular reasons. its just a very awkward couple of comments that seem very out of place. My skin crawled and this book will never see the light of day, unless someone has to do a book report and only has 2 hours before class.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By capreece on June 11, 2013
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Ottaviani delivers yet another page turner. Once you pick it up you can't turn away. It congeals three fantastic scientific lives, how they met, how they stumbled upon doing the work and how their work went.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten A. Edwards on November 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Maris Wick's illustrations blend the best of the abstraction and cartoony look of "independent" comics with the clean lines and attention to detail of European "bande dessine". The result is both readable and appealing, with the artist as much a storyteller: rendering the African environments, the chimps, orangutans, and gorrillas, as is the writer Jim Ottavani. The Afterword makes clear the care they took in creating the book; explaining the two made a readable story while remaining true to primary events of these three remarkable female scientists' work and lives.

For those unfamiliar with the three women, the story begins with how Jane Goodall's dream of studying animal in Africa led her to Louis Leakey and her future research. Goodall's success in studying chimpanzees led to Leakey's recruiting both Dian Fossey (gorrillas) and Birute Galdikas (orangutans): Goodalls story flows into Dian's and Dians' into Birute's. The language and storytelling of the book is accessible down to 5th grade, while it's stylistically sophisticated enough for high school readers. Highly recommended for any library with young people interested in natural science. Since at 133 pages, Primates can only be an overview, rather than an in depth exploration, only middle school libraries are likely to find it useful for report-type assignments. Nonetheless this is first rate narrative nonfiction, with a graphic format that seamlessly uses both visual information and the written word to inform the reader, and is highly recommended as such.
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Jim Ottaviani has worked in news agencies and golf courses in the Chicago area, nuclear reactors in the U.S. and Japan, and libraries in Michigan. He still works as a librarian by day, but stays up late writing comics about scientists. When he's not doing these things, he's spraining his ankles and flattening his feet by running on trails. Or he's reading. He reads a lot. Elsewhere on the web you can find him at www.gt-labs.com .

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