Me...Jane

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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.

One of the world's most inspiring women, Dr. Jane Goodall is a renowned humanitarian, conservationist, animal activist, environmentalist, and ...

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Overview

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.

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.

With anecdotes taken directly from Jane Goodall's autobiography, McDonnell makes this very true story accessible for the very young—and young at heart.

A 2012 Caldecott Honor Book
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2011

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this picture book biography, McDonnell (Wag!) examines Goodall's very English childhood and her unexpected wish—nurtured by early exposure to Tarzan—to live and work in Africa. On the left, earnest text appears on cream-colored paper embellished with delicate vintage images of trees and animals. On the right, by contrast, McDonnell's winsome ink and watercolor drawings come across as sweetly goofy. Jane spends most of her time sitting quietly, watching living things. "One day," McDonnell writes, "curious Jane wondered where eggs came from. So she and Jubilee snuck into Grandma Nutt's chicken coop... hid beneath some straw, stayed very still... and observed the miracle." (The hen looks just as surprised as Jane.) Best of all is a spread that shows Jane fantasizing living like Tarzan's Jane in Africa; she swings on a vine through the jungle, dressed in a sensible cardigan and a tartan skirt. Back matter fills in readers about Goodall's accomplishments as an adult; McDonnell's concentration on her childhood fantasies carries a strong message to readers that their own dreams—even the wildly improbable ones—may be realizable, too. Ages 3–6. (Apr.)
New York Times
"McDonnell's skill as a cartoonist enables him to express Goodall's joy, wonder and satisfaction with a simple stroke of the pen."
The Horn Book
"McDonnell's book is... inspirational."
From the Publisher
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 BookA 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

"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."—Publishers Weekly

starred review Booklist
"This remarkable picture book is one of the few that speaks, in a meaningful way, to all ages."
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
In brief, simple, but expressive language McDonnell takes us back to the childhood of the primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall to see how her life studies of chimpanzees began with her cherished stuffed toy chimp. She loves exploring and learning about the outdoors and the creatures and plants there, "a magical world full of joy and wonder." She enjoys the stories of Tarzan of the Apes and another Jane who lived in the African jungles. Young Jane dreams of a life in Africa helping animals, and of course her dreams have come true. The author visualizes the story in minimal ink drawings and transparent watercolors, representing animals and plants in a child-like lighthearted style in scenes mainly on the right-hand pages. The very terse lines of text occupy the left pages, which also include sketches and reproductions from old books, images that relate to the text but are printed as if faded by age. They bring a sense of authenticity. On the last page a current photo of Goodall and a chimp are on the right, showing the fulfillment of her dream. Also included are further facts about Goodall, art notes, a note from her, and more photographs. Check the contrasting jacket and cover and the end pages. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In this tender homage to the famous primatologist, McDonnell gives readers a peek into Jane Goodall's formative years. Even as a young child she had an abiding love of the natural world and took every opportunity to study and enjoy the plants and animals around her. "It was a magical world full of joy and wonder, and Jane felt very much a part of it." Her constant companion, whether climbing her favorite tree or exploring her grandmother's chicken coop, was her stuffed chimpanzee, Jubilee. Her fascination with Africa was presaged by the drawings and puzzles she made as a child for her club, the "Alligator Society," as well as her fondness for Tarzan of the Apes. Her dream of going there to live with the animals and write about them took hold when she was 10 and the fact that she has devoted her life to that mission is a testament to her dedication and an inspiration for young dreamers everywhere. The artist's engaging, almost naive cartoons, done in India ink and watercolor, set the perfect tone. As the girl reads and learns more about Africa, the drawings become more fanciful with a giraffe and elephant appearing in the English countryside, and Jane and Jubilee swinging on vines through the trees. These charming images are complemented throughout with 19th- and early-20th-century engravings and photos of Goodall with her beloved chimps. The package is an appealing and satisfying introduction to a well-known scientist and activist. Concluding notes give more information about her and her life's work.—Luann Toth, School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316045469
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 53,429
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick McDonnell

Patrick McDonnell is the creator of the beloved internationally syndicated comic strip MUTTS, which features the characters that star in five of his children's picture books: Wag!, The Gift of Nothing, Just Like Heaven, South, and Hug Time. He is also the creator of Me . . . Jane, a Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times bestselling picture book biography of Dr. Jane Goodall, and has written and illustrated the award-winning picture book Art.

Patrick sits on the board of directors of the Humane Society of the United States. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Karen; their two formerly feral cats, MeeMow and Not Ootie; and their adopted terrier, Amelie. Patrick's website is www.muttscomics.com.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    BookHounds

    You probably will recognize the sweet drawing style of Patrick McDonnell if you are a fan of the comic strip, MUTTS. I just adore his style and the art work in this book about Jane Goodall and her stuffed chimpanzee is just fantastic. There is a sort of dreamy quality to the work and there are little details much like scrapbooking and stamping. This should make an excellent addition to any child library as a first reader that any one would enjoy. I really enjoyed the story about Jane and her stuffed chimpanzee, Jubilee and was educated about her drive as well as entertained.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

    McDonnell is both author and illustrator in this fun tale of Jan

    McDonnell is both author and illustrator in this fun tale of Jane Goodall and the passion for animals that was instilled in her from a young age.The India ink and watercolor create a beautiful pictorial representation to the story and show the animals in a fairy tale way. The vocabulary, pictures and story line make it a wonderful and informative read for young children.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    A love of animals turns into a life in service to them.

    Patrick McDonnel's wonderful illustrations make for a lively backdrop to the story of young Jane and her interest in the natural world from a young age. This is a great introduction for young kids to Jane Goodall's extraordinary life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Me...Jane is a great book. It is about a curious girl named ane

    Me...Jane is a great book. It is about a curious girl named ane who lovJes to explore. Her dream is to go to Africa, and she does and
    becomes Jane Goodall, who is a world famous primatologist. It’s amazing illustrations speak so much to the overall ideas of the book.
    It’s a real example that if you set your mind to it, you can do anything. Jane wanted to go to Africa, and she made a plan that worked. One of its greatest assets is that it not only
    speaks to young kids, but it also speaks to older kids and adults, because they remember how it was to be an adventurous youngster.
    Jane is curious and adventurous, just like most kids, but her drive to succeed helps her achieve her goals. Me...Jane is a remarkable
    picture book, and I would personally recommend it to anyone I know.

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  • Posted September 26, 2012

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    A lovely illustrated book about how inspiration as a child can lead to a passionate career

    In this story, a young girl named Jane loves everything about nature. She reads about and draws all of the plants, insects, and animals that she discovers with her stuffed chimpanzee Jubliee. She even reads a story about Tarzan in Africa and his friend Jane, who live with and save animals. Jane is very inspired, and her passion leads her to fulfill her own dream.
    Beautifully, illustrated, the story of how Jane Goodall life in nature as a child inspires her to follow her dreams. Includes a brief biography of Jane Goodall and a message from Jane herself.
    *Caldecott Honor Book, recommended for readers age 1 and up.

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Wonderful

    I read this book to my sixth grade science students, they just loved it (previously we read a two-page biography of Goodall, they enjoyed this MUCH more!). The illustrations are lovely and charming, and the kids all wanted to read it on their own throughout the week to enjoy the pictures close up.

    :)

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