Monday, September 15, 2014

Recommended Picture Book: Me....Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Title: Me....Jane

Author: Patrick McDonnell

Illustrator: Patrick McDonnell

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers, April 5, 2011
Age: 2 and up

Topic: Biography: Jane Goodall, Animals, Animal Welfare, Monkeys, Apes, Curiosity & Wonders

Opening: Jane had a stuffed toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. She cherished Jubilee and took him everywhere she went.

Summary: Me....Jane tells the story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. As the young Jane observes the natural world around her with wonder, she dreams of "a life living with and helping all animals," until one day she finds that her dream has come true.
One of the world's most inspiring women, Dr. Jane Goodall is a renowned humanitarian, conservationist, animal activist.

Resources: the author provides four activity pages on his author website which include a coloring page, maze, word jumble and animal search.

My Thoughts:
This is a great book to introduce children to the famous, Dr. Jane Goodall and to the concept of animal welfare, caring for animals and their natural habitat. It reinforces the idea that with hard-work, dreams and aspirations, even children's dreams and aspirations, come true. While boys can learn a lot from the book, I love that it encourages girls in learning about the natural sciences. I loved looking at some of Dr. Jane Goodall's childhood drawings and illustrations included in the book.

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