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Summer 2011 Kids' Next List
“Yes, there are other picture book biographies about Jane Goodall and her life's work with the primates, but none are as sweet, lovely, and perfectly put together as this one. McDonnell, the author and illustrator or the Mutts cartoons and numerous other books for children, combines his distinct illustration style with childhood drawings and sketches from Goodall herself to create a reading experience for children that mimics the methodology of the world-famous primatologist: Explore, discover, and observe. Me...Jane is a joy to read and is sure to satisfy even the most inquisitive of readers.”
— Carter Hasegawa, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
Patrick McDonnell-beloved, bestselling author-artist and creator of the Mutts syndicated comic strip--shares the inspiring story of young Jane Goodall, the legendary and inspiring conservationist featured in the hit documentary film Jane.
In his characteristic heartwarming style, Patrick McDonnell 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. With anecdotes taken directly from Jane Goodall's autobiography, McDonnell makes this very true story accessible for the very young--and young at heart.
One of the world's most inspiring women, Dr. Jane Goodall is a renowned humanitarian, conservationist, animal activist, environmentalist, and United Nations Messenger of Peace. In 1977 she founded the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), a global nonprofit organization that empowers people to make a difference for all living things.
About the Author
Patrick McDonnell is the author and illustrator of Tek: The Modern Cave Boy, Thank You and Good Night, A Perfectly Messed-Up Story, The Monsters' Monster, and Me...Jane, a Caldecott Honor Book. He is also the creator of the internationally syndicated comic strip Mutts, which inspired his picture books The Gift of Nothing, Hug Time, and others. He lives in New Jersey.
A 2012 Caldecott Honor Book
A Charlotte Zolotow Award Winner
A Horn Book Fanfare Book
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book
A New York Times Notable Children's Book
A Booklist Editor's Choice Book
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book
A Kids' Indie Next List Book
A 2011 Bank Street College Children's Book Committee Outstanding Book
A University of Wisconsin-Madison CCBC 2012 Children's Choices Book
A Parents' Choice Silver Honor Book
A National Parenting Publications Awards Gold Winner
A Booklinks Lasting Connections Book
A 2014 Illinois Monarch Children's Choice Award Winner
A 2014 Iowa Goldfinch Book Award Winner
"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."