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Jane Goodall (Up Close) Hardcover – July 3, 2008
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Grade 6–9—This comprehensive account of Goodall's life and work among the chimpanzees of the Gombe Preserve in Africa will find interest with students who are interested in subjects such as primatology, environmental preservation, animal behavior, and women's studies. Goodall's career path, professional interactions, and research methods are detailed, and her personal life, loves, affairs, and family relationships are described. The validity of her questionable scientific approach and her academic standing are touched upon. Murky photographs of Goodall in Africa illustrate the dry and passionless text.—Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY
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This profile of the renowned primatologist highlights her independent spirit and deep love of animals as well as the significant roles Goodall’s long-lived mother, Vanne, and the scientist Louis B. Leakey—whom she called Fairy Foster Father—played in shaping her character and career. Beginning with incidents in Goodall’s childhood that presaged her adult interests and research methods, Bardhan-Quallen chronicles the ups and downs of Goodall’s personal life, her astounding discoveries about chimpanzee behavior, and her rise to international celebrity status. Detailed personnel rosters and tallies of exact amounts of various grants slow the pace, and the prose sometimes takes on a purplish tinge (It was too early in the relationship, however, for Jane to see clearly beyond the haze of a newfound love), yet readers will be inspired by this account of a woman who launched her career before she acquired the supposedly requisite academic credentials and has done much to change our understanding of ourselves and the natural world. Lightly illustrated with photos and capped by a multimedia resource list. A solid entry in the Up Close series Grades 6-9. --John Peters
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