Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas

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by Jim Ottaviani, Maris Wicks
     
 

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Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology—and to our own understanding of ourselves.
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Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology—and to our own understanding of ourselves.
Tackling Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas in turn, and covering the highlights of their respective careers, Primates is an accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable women scientists of the twentieth century. Thanks to the charming and inviting illustrations by Maris Wicks, this is a nonfiction graphic novel with broad appeal.

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An accessible introduction to Goodall's, Fossey's and Galdikas' lives and work.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A graphic format admirably propels this lightly fictionalized group biography.” —The Horn Book

“Presented as dedicated, iconoclastic, and profoundly in awe of the creatures around them, Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas are inspiring figures, and Ottaviani does a first-rate job of dangling enough tantalizing tidbits to pique readers' interest in the topic.” —Booklist

“The story of how each of these women loved primates and lived among them to study their behavior is compelling, and might inspire a whole new generation of scientists to follow in their footsteps.” —School Library Journal

“This is an inviting introduction that will undoubtedly lure many readers into further investigation of this groundbreaking fieldwork.” —BCCB

“Splendid.” —The Miami Herald on Feynman

“Entertaining and informative.” —Science on Feynman

“Lovely.” —Newsday on Feynman

“Captures the jazzy flow of Feynman's life in its spare lines.” —USA Today on Feynman

“These images capture with remarkable sensitivity the essence of Feynman's character. The comic-book picture somehow comes to life and speaks with the voice of the real Feynman.” —Freeman Dyson, The New York Review of Books on Feynman

Children's Literature - Maria Lamattina
The names of the scientists in this text are certainly familiar to most adults, but for young adults, Ottaviani has created an entertaining peek into the lives of three remarkable women. Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas all worked for famed anthropologist, Louis Leakey. Through personal motivation, passion for studying primates, and Leakey’s inspiration, these scientists contributed to our understanding of these animals, and, ultimately, ourselves. Young readers will undoubtedly be intrigued to learn how a passion developed early in life can lead to a lifetime of study, personal satisfaction, and professional success. Maris Wicks’ comic illustrations invite young readers into the world of primates as much as Ottaviani’s words. In the process, the reader gains much intriguing scientific information. For example, chimpanzees and humans share 96% of their DNA, and, chimps, like man, use tools — something that may, on the surface, not impress except for the fact that it takes thought to do so. Different fonts and text features to differentiate dialogue, thought, and journal entries (which are written in a script font) are just a few of the important stylistic choices made by Ottaviani and Wicks. As part of a genre study, one of the more interesting aspects of the structure of the work is the Afterword, in which the author points out that although he and the illustrator certainly conducted research on the lives of the three women (as well primates), and worked to accurately portray anything of significance, much of what they wrote was invented—they wanted to tell a story that would convey the major themes and discoveries of these three lives. The result—an entertaining introduction to research that young adult readers might easily overlook. Reviewer: Maria Lamattina; Ages 12 up.
VOYA - Rebecca Denham
As the title suggests, Primates details the life and research of three female scientists who changed the face of primate studies. Told through graphic panels, Primates follows the events leading to each scientist's work with primates and their impact on primatology and anthropological studies. Readers are given a first-person glimpse into Jane's passion for chimps, Dian's determination to protect the world's gorillas, and Birute's enthusiasm for orangutans. The art is simplistic, yet powerful, with interesting details about the scientists' introductions to life with and the study of primates. Each scientist has a distinct personality and motivation which is used to illustrate how each of these women approached scientific inquiry. One of the most interesting points illustrated in this graphic novel is that none of these women had a degree in primatology, or a background in science, when they began their observations of chimps, gorillas, and orangutans. Overall, Primates is an intriguing introduction to three female scientists who changed the way the world defined "human." Reviewer: Rebecca Denham

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466843790
Publisher:
First Second
Publication date:
06/11/2013
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
884,802
File size:
47 MB
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Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Jim Ottaviani has written nonfiction, science-oriented comics since 1997, notably the number one New York Times bestseller, Feynman and Fallout which was nominated for an Ignatz Award. He has worked as a nuclear engineer, caddy, programmer, and reference librarian. Primates is his first collaboration with artist Maris Wicks. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Maris Wicks (Primates) lives with fellow primate Joe Quinones and their cat, Biggs, in Somerville, Massachusetts. She has used her opposable thumbs to draw comics for Adhouse Books, Tugboat Press, and Spongebob Comics, and written stories for Image and DC Comics. When she's not making comics, Maris works as a program educator at the New England Aquarium. She is an avid tool user and is particularly fond of bananas.


Jim Ottaviani (Feynman, Primates) is the world’s preeminent writer of comics and graphic novels about science. Notable works include a biography of Niels Bohr and the fast-paced tale of the desperate lives of early paleontologists and T-Minus: The Race to the Moon, from Aladdin books. He has worked as a nuclear engineer and is currently employed as a reference librarian in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Maris Wicks lives in sunny Somerville, Massachusetts. She is the author behind Human Body Theater, as well as the illustrator of New York Times Bestselling Primates, with Jim Ottaviani. Wicks has also created comics for Spongebob Comics, DC and Marvel. When Maris is not drawing comics, she can be found prepping slides for her collection of vintage microscopes.

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