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Up Close: Jane Goodall

by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Published by Viking, 2008
218 pages
ISBN: 9780670062638

Age 13 and older

Teen readers might think they already know Jane Goodall’s story—her prominent work as a primatologist is legendary. But this engrossing read is more than a retelling of her celebrated career. Intimate details about Jane’s development as a person and scientist are presented against a vivid backdrop of time and place. From growing up an independent young girl in the British countryside to fearlessly going to Kenya at age twenty-two, Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall thrived on exploration of the natural world. As a schoolgirl, she established a nature club for her friends. “Valerie Jane had strict rules for joining—each girl had to be able to recognize ten birds, ten dogs, ten trees, and five butterflies or moths. . . . As leader of the Alligator Society, Valerie Jane also gave herself the code name Red Admiral (the name of an eye-catching butterfly).” During a time when there were few women in the field of science, let alone groundbreaking pioneers, Jane Goodall’s experiences living with African chimpanzees paved the way for a new kind of research and deepened the world’s understanding of primates.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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