"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 ...