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Children's LiteratureFive-year-old Jane had been missing all day. Her worried parents were ready to call the police when Jane's mother saw "a small, disheveled figure coming a little wearily over the field by the hen houses." Exhausted but excited, Jane explained that she had spent the last five hours in the dusty, dirty hen house watching and waiting to see a hen lay an egg. This child would one day become one of the world's leading experts on the behavior of chimpanzees. From the "Signature Lives series, this book introduces readers to legendary primatologist, Jane Goodall--the woman whose observations of chimpanzees in the wild changed many of the world's beliefs about these animals. She was the first to observe chimps making and using tools and eating meat (both these behaviors were considered to be defining traits of humans). Her "early findings changed the very definition of ape versus human." This book is illustrated with black-and-white and color photographs. At the end of the book, readers will find parallel time lines of Goodall's life and world events, suggestions for further reading, as well as a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. An exceptionally well-designed and well-written biography. 2006, Compass Point Books, Ages 9 to 14.
—Anita Barnes Lowen