Me… Jane, The Picture Book Biography of Dr. Jane Goodall

What inspired Dr. Jane Goodall to become a primatologist? In children’s book Me… Jane, award-winning picture book author Patrick McDonnell introduces us to young Jane and her trusty childhood companion, a chimpanzee named Jubilee.

Me... Jane, a picture book biography of Dr. Jane Goodall, teaches kids what passion, persistence, and a little dreaming can really do. Quick children's book review.


The Story

Jane takes Jubilee everywhere she goes. Their many outdoor adventures together help Jane feel very much a part of nature. Fascinated by books that teach her all about animals, Jane dreams of someday living in Africa and helping animals, much like the girl (also named Jane) in the book Tarzan of the Apes.


What I Love About This Children’s Book

It’s not unusual for young children to love animals. What we learn about Dr. Jane Goodall is that her passion for animals not only started at a young age, she never let it go. We also learn of the profound impact a single book can have on a child’s life.


At the end of this lovely children’s biography, Me… Jane, we learn more about Jane Goodall, especially the great work she does for people, animals and the environment. In her own words she encourages us all:


We cannot live through a single day without making an impact on the world – and we have a choice as to what sort of difference we make.


Of course, you already know from my previous review of Guardians of Being that I adore the illustrations of Patrick McDonnell. Really, what’s not to love?


Me… Jane is recommended for ages 4-7, but I recommend it for everyone.


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.

– Jane Goodall


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