Thursday, April 21, 2011

Me ... Jane

"Here is the story of a little girl named Jane who dreamed of a life helping animals and grew up to help change the world."

Since tomorrow is Earth Day, I thought I'd review Patrick McDonnell's newest picture book ME ... JANE.

This book tells the story of Jane Goodall as a child--she was a little girl who loved nature and learning about science. She was a little girl who carried around a stuffed monkey. She was a little girl who dreamed of someday going to Africa to live among and study animals.

She was a little girl who's dream came true.

This is an absolutely charming book, and Patrick McDonnell's illustrations are perfect for such a sweet, simple and moving story (if you haven't read his book ART, I highly recommend that one too!).

It's an educational book as well. In addition to telling a beautiful story in an accessible way, this book can open the door to teach children about Dr. Jane Goodall who is a world-renowned primatologist and environmentalist. She is quoted on the back of the book jacket:

 There are so many people who have dreamed seemingly unattainable dreams and, because they never gave up, achieved their goals against all the odds, or blazed a path along which others could follow ... They inspire me. They inspire those around them.

Now, step away from your computer and go take a walk!


Oh, but before you take that walk, check out what the other Bookanistas are reading ...

Elana Johnson visits Dark and Hollow Places
LiLa Roecker gets silly over Spoiled
Christine Fonseca has a passion for Possession – with giveaway
Shannon Messenger marvels at Moonglass – with giveaway
Jamie Harrington adores Invincible Summer
Shelli Johannes-Wells is in the grip of Possession
Scott Tracey bathes in Blood Magic
Carolina Valdez Miller interviews Invicible Summer author Hannah Moskowitz
Jessi Kirby praises Playing Hurt
Bethany Wiggins delves into Divergent
Shana Silver presents a Guestanista gushing over Between Here and Forever
Gretchen McNeil  parties over The Anti-Prom
Carrie Harris sings out about Shift
Rosemary Clement-Moore applauds Abandon
Matt Blackstone loves Like Mandarin
Corrine Jackson delights in The Duff


  1. I want this little book so bad! I think is it beyond adorable.


  2. Such a sweet-sounding read! Will definitely pick up for my daughter!

  3. Oh, I MUST get this one. So sweet. :-)

  4. Eeep! I just got this in the mail yesterday! :D I can't wait to read it with my four year old. Sounds like a lovely read.

  5. I'm looking for new things to read...I'll have to check some of these out!

  6. Oh, I just saw this book last week. It's beautiful!


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