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Una emotiva historia de la vida real que es, al mismo tiempo, un homenaje a una mujer apasionada por la naturaleza. Con enorme sensibilidad y unas gotas de humor, el multipremiado ilustrador Patrick McDonell nos cuenta la historia de Jane, una niña inglesa nacida en el seno de una familia de pocos recursos, que sueña con ir a África para conocer a los animales que ha vistoUna emotiva historia de la vida real que es, al mismo tiempo, un homenaje a una mujer apasionada por la naturaleza. Con enorme sensibilidad y unas gotas de humor, el multipremiado ilustrador Patrick McDonell nos cuenta la historia de Jane, una niña inglesa nacida en el seno de una familia de pocos recursos, que sueña con ir a África para conocer a los animales que ha visto en los libros. Mediante su imaginación se traslada hasta ese continente en compañía de un simpático mono sin imaginar que, con el paso del tiempo, su sueño se volverá realidad. Esta niña es nada menos que Jane Goodall, una de las mujeres de ciencia más conocidas y queridas de la actualidad. Naturalista, activista y primatóloga, ella ha consagrado su vida no sólo a estudiar a los chimpancés africanos, sino también a promover el respeto a la naturaleza. Entre los muchos reconocimientos que ha recibido por su trabajo están el Premio Príncipe de Asturias de Investigación Científica y Técnica. Además, en 2013 fue galardonada por la Asociación Parlamentaria en Defensa de los Animales....

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  • Kathryn
    2019-01-03 23:05

    An absolute jewel! I loved this book. For me, it is a practically perfect offering with just the right amount of information, just the right amount of storytelling. Also, it's a sublime combination of McDonnell's winsome and whimsical artwork, and facsimiles of classical scientific art of birds and animals, while also featuring some of Jane's own artwork (I especially loved the spread of her childhood sketches and information from the "Alligator Society" she formed) and photographs from her childhood (the one of young Jane holding her best friend, the chimpanzee stuffed animal she received as a toddler, is so precious!) I really am not even going to try to put into words how much I adore this book. It just exudes warmth and love and inspiration! While the book itself is easy enough for the youngest picture book readers to enjoy, older children (and adults) will further appreciate the back matter with more information on Jane's life and a note from Jane herself talking about the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and the "Roots and Shoots" organization that helps children everywhere do something good for nature and wildlife. I've got one of Goodall's own books on my shelf and this makes me even more eager to read it. A year or so ago we met a young man from Africa who worked at the JGI and couldn't say enough good things about the woman who founded it. I've always been a fan of her work but after reading "Me... Jane" I have to say that I feel like I've "met" this remarkable woman and can see why he is so enthusiastic about her! ;-)A personal note to all my friends who have this on their "to-read" shelf. *Go read it!!!* ;-)

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-01-17 17:28

    There is nothing I don’t love about this book. Wonderful photos and drawings. Adorable and engaging illustrations, and an interesting account of a young girl’s/women’s life: Jane Goodall. I'm a huge fan of Jane Goodall but other readers don’t have to be, and they don’t have to know a thing about her, in order to get a tremendous amount from this book. This true story is entertaining and educational and inspiring, and very charming.I love Jane and Jubilee, her stuffed toy chimpanzee. The pictures and story are both so special. So many of the paintings got me smiling.This is a lovely introduction to Goodall, to becoming a naturalist, to highlighting for children one possible path to making their dreams come to fruition. For young readers, I honestly can’t think of how this book could be more perfectly done. It’s a genuine gem.So many thanks to Goodreads’ friend Chandra, who alerted me to this book and who now has to read this with her daughter, if they haven’t done so already!!!

  • Manybooks
    2019-01-13 15:28

    Although I actually have not been able to totally enjoy the rather carton- like accompanying illustrations of Patrick McDonnell's Me ... Jane (as while they are indeed bright and lively, expressive, his illustrative style has simply never really been all that much to my personal and aesthetic tastes), I truly have massively appreciated and even loved this book (and do think the illustrations work well enough with the presented text, with the featured narrative). For Me ... Jane (and even if I am not an absolute fan of the illustrations) really does manage to present a very sweet and engaging narrative (and as such a perfect basic introduction to primatologist Jane Goodall's childhood), showing the intended audience, presenting to young children (but especially to young girls) how Jane as a child, always accompanied by her stuffed chimpanzee Jubilee, observes wildlife, researches and study animals, plants, ecology, hides in a chicken coop to figure out where eggs come from, climbs trees, reads about Tarzan of the Apes and his own Jane, dreaming about Africa, of going to Africa, of helping African animals, and then one day, Jane's cherished dream actually and completely coming true, becoming a reality, with last pictorial offering before the authors' notes showing a photograph of a now adult Jane Goodall tenderly extending her hand towards a young chimpanzee.The supplemental author's note and especially the included message from Jane Goodall herself are appreciated and added bonuses with Me ... Jane (and I do so much appreciate that while textually, they are both perhaps a bit more dense and advanced than the main narrative, they are nevertheless understandable for even if not perhaps yet quite independently readable by the intended audience, in other words, that parents reading the author's note and message from Jane Goodall to or with their young children should really encounter few if any comprehension issues). And while personally, I do kind of wish that Patrick McDonnell had also included a list of book suggestions for further reading, he does in fact present two websites to check out, and while for book-oriented me, a website will not ever be on the same level and as appreciated as a bibliographical list of works (of books), I do realise that for today's children, the internet seems to have become not only one of the main but seemingly the main study and research source. Three and a half stars, rounded up to four stars, and recommended!

  • paula
    2019-01-13 17:02

    Jeez, the moment when you turn the page and she has grown up and gone to Africa and it's that famous picture of her greeting the baby chimpanzee with the back of her hand... took my breath away. This SHOULD be Patrick McDonnell's Caldecott. (Also for the tiny subtle look of shock on her face after she has hidden in the henhouse to observe where eggs come from. I would look shocked too.)

  • Betsy
    2019-01-11 17:19

    Pity the picture book biographer. Theirs is not an easy lot. Seems to me that if you want to introduce a six-year-old to a famous person there are two ways of going about it. The first way is the David Adler method. He’s the fellow behind all those “A Picture Book of” books. Adler’s specialty is synthesizing a person into 32 or 40 odd pages. Along the way he has to boil down a human life into as pure and simple a telling as possible. Sometimes this method works well, and sometimes it doesn’t, but it used to be the only way of creating children’s biographies. Then there’s method #2: You take your subject and select just a moment from their life. Which is to say, you give them breadth and depth and meaning, then do the whole summary of who they actually were in the Endnotes. The advantage to this method is that you can actually explain a concept to a kid, by making the biographical subject into a kind of literary character. Biographies of famous people that limit their focus almost entirely to their subjects’ childhoods are actually kind of rare. Famous people do not necessarily arise out of interesting, cheerful childhoods, after all. So really, one of the many things that I admire about Patrick McDonnell’s first foray into non-fiction is that his subject, Jane Goodall, presents him with early years that were practically custom made to be relayed. The result, Me . . . Jane is the rare picture book biography that manages to please biography fans, fiction fans, and chimpanzee fans (albeit, stuffed) alike. Young Jane noticed things. Outdoorsy things. With her stuffed chimp Jubilee at her side, there were lots of mysteries to notice too. Jane was the type to climb tall trees on sunny days, or to hide in the chicken coop to uncover the source of eggs. When she read her Tarzan she’d want to be in Africa with all the animals just like him. And when she got older, her dreams really did come true. Backmatter include a short section “About Jane Goodall” and a “A Message from Jane” herself.Odds are that McDonnell’s a familiar name on the comics page of your local newspaper. Known primarily as the man behind the MUTTS comic strip, I think it’s fair to say that McDonnell wasn’t the obvious person to write this book. I say that, even though I’m aware that animal rights are his passion. We’re talking about a guy that’s a member of the Humane Society’s board of directors and who has used MUTTS as a way of drawing attention to everything from The Wildlife Land Trust to New Jersey’s animal population control fund. However, I have seen his previous picture books. They have names like Just Like Heaven and Hug Time and for my desiccated, not to say sardonic, heart and soul they do nothing for me. Animal cuteness is not one of my weaknesses. So when I discovered that McDonnell was tackling a real person and a real life I approached the idea with more than a mite bit of trepidation. Jane Goodall, let’s face it, would be easy to cutesy up (all the more so when you learn about her life). Though it was his idea in the first place, was McDonnell the right guy to tell her tale? Answer: Yup. This isn’t to say that I wouldn’t like to see her life depicted by other authors and illustrators as well, but McDonnell does something with Me . . . Jane that wins you over right from the start: He gets the tone right. The tone, the telling, the selection of facts, the illustrations, and the slam bang ending. Sometimes a person’s life fits together so perfectly it’s as if it was destined for a picture book biography. Jane Goodall’s a perfect example of this. If the title of this book strikes you as too twee, that may be because you’re unaware of how eerie it actually is. Growing up, Jane really was given a stuffed chimpanzee at a young age. With the name “Jane” she also grew fascinated with the books about Tarzan of the Apes “in which another girl, also named Jane, lived in the jungles of Africa.” She was a naturalist from birth, it seems, creating her own wildlife society as a kid and spending as much time as possible outdoors. There are also little moments from her life that McDonnell takes the best advantage of. For example, in one scene Jane hides in a chicken coop to learn where eggs come from. When the text reads that she “observed the miracle”, a sentence that might come off as a bit sentimental (it’s hard to pull off the word “miracle” regardless of context) instead feels right on target.In terms of the art, McDonnell indulges in a muted palette of India ink and watercolors. Jane’s world isn’t necessarily sepia, but there’s a slight brownish tinge to everything, indicating that we’re dealing with the past. For the most part these images take place in reality, but when the switchover occurs and Jane begins to pretend that she’s in Africa, swinging from vines like Tarzan himself, there’s a clear distinction in place to keep kids from getting too confused. In an interesting twist, McDonnell’s watercolors are paired alongside a series of stamped images. Eggs and leaves, moons and trees. They’re hardly noticeable on a first reading, barely drawing the eye or any attention to themselves. Even when you do notice them you might find that some stamps are more perfectly put down than others. The collective effect after a while is that the book starts to feel like Jane’s own notebook. Wildlife has permeated every facet of her story, until that final image. This is one of the very rare books that closes everything with a photograph. The effect is striking, a bit shocking, and darned if it didn’t make me tear up a little. I’ve always wished for photography to take its rightful place in the annals of children’s literature, so why is it that this is the first time I’ve seen a biographical picture book illustrator use a real-life photo to drill home to the child reader that the character they just met was a real person? McDonnell’s art is good in this book, but what I really admired was his tendency to make Jane not just his subject but also, in a sense, his fellow collaborator. Some illustrator/authors have a hard time letting go long enough to show the art that their artistic subjects created. It can be off-putting to read a biography of Picasso or Monet, only to find the book peppered with the illustrator’s versions of their works and not the works themselves. Jane Goodall wasn’t even an artist in the traditional sense, but McDonnell unearths drawings and sketches she made as a kid and as an adult and sees fit to include them in his story. So it is that we get to see the real pages from Jane’s “Aligator Society” (misspelling intentional) meticulously created when she was just a kid, as well as a final amusing sketch made on site in 1960 of Jane sleeping in a tree with a chimp taking up residence in her tent. It seems that McDonnell makes his strongest points (like the final photo) when he steps back and allows his subject to make a personal appearance in some manner.My sole quibble, if I must have one, is that I’m a fan of a little backmatter to a non-fiction work, no matter how brief. McDonnell’s is by no means the first biography of Ms. Goodall to be written for kids, so it might have been nice to see links the bios of her done by folks like Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen or Julie Fromer. Failing that, Ms. Goodall has actually written a couple books for kids herself. A mention of her picture book Rickie & Henri could have provided a fun crossover connection, however small.Some biographical subjects have lives that are difficult to explain to very young kids. Martin Luther King Jr.? Well . . . see . . . there was this thing called segregation and . . . . Sacajawea? Well, she sort of led some guys on a long walk and . . . you see what I mean. Jane Goodall is pretty easy in comparison. Jane Goodall? She got to work with chimps! Outside! And get to know them and save them from bad people. But on a more basic level, Jane’s just like a lot of outdoorsy kids today. The ones that like to explore bushes and study insects and write things down. Mini naturalists in the making. Put in that light and it’s strange to think that this is one of the first picture book biographies ever made of her. There’s definitely room for more, since this one only provides the most cursory of summaries, but for children who’ve never read a biography before Me . . . Jane operates like a nonfiction gateway drug. Get them hooked on this one and who knows what other picture book bios you might be able to feed them later on down the road. Today Jane Goodall, tomorrow learning about the world. A singular creation, one that does both its author and its subject proud.For ages 4-8.

  • Noran Miss Pumkin
    2018-12-23 17:10

    This is for me, not my little vir. I adore Jane and missed her thrice lecturing. An awesome woman!

  • The Library Lady
    2019-01-20 15:10

    Okay, I normally NEVER give anything 5 stars aside from classics that have been around for years and years. But I am breaking my own rule (not an uncommon occurrence, come to think of it) to give this one 5 because it is THAT GOOD!Jeanette Winter's The Watcher has gotten a lot of good press, but this one absolutely leaves it in the dust. Her book is attractive, but when you get down to it, pretty pedestrian--just another nice picture book biography.Winter shows Jane with a stuffed monkey toy, but never mentions anything about it, even in a note. On the other hand McDonnell begins HIS book with a photo of young Jane and her toy, and then this opening sentence:Jane had a stuffed chimpanzee toy named JubileeFrom the start, Jubilee is a character in the story--and what we have here is not a standard bio, but rather a story about a little girl named Jane who loves animals, who is curious about nature and who keeps animal notebooks (McDonnell includes a 2 page spread from Jane's real notebook).His gentle text and expressive cartoons (hey, this is the guy who writes "Mutts") work wonderfully together. And then there is the lovely ending, which goes from little Jane snuggling down at home with Jubilee, to adult Jane waking in her tent in Africa to a photo of the real Jane Goodall, crouching down to greet a REAL chimpanzee. Perfectly done, and an "aww" moment without a drop of saccharine.There IS an afterword about Goodall's life and work, and a message from Goodall herself. But this isn't a biography to be used for a report. It's a book about a girl named Jane who loved animals--and who grew up to get to be with them. And it's a book that I hope ends up on the Caldecott committee's list of books to consider.

  • Carolynne
    2019-01-03 21:03

    _Me . . . Jane_, scenes from the early life of the inspiring naturalist and activist Jane Goodall, just won a Caldecott honor award for one of the most distinguished picture books published in 2011. (_A Ball for Daisy_ just won the Medal. I cannot wait to see it if it is better than this one!) In a beautifully designed book illustrated with watercolors and India ink, McDonnell has enriched the drawings with drawings made by Goodall herself, as well as a funny drawing about her time in the Gombe Stream Game Reserve, and exquisite ornamental engravings from the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Even the font, Caslon Book, has a delicate elegance that enhances the appearance of the book. Not a typical children's biography, this eschews dull details in favor of highlights from Goodall's life, like her interest in the Tarzan books, which seemed to show that a young woman could actually live among animals in the jungles of Africa. These books may have helped her achieve her early dreams of living among the animals of Africa. There is a message from Goodall and an author's note about her work. The Lexile number is AD740 (so, read aloud to young children.) I thought last year's Medalist, _A Sick Day for Amos McGee_, was pleasant but not truly outstanding. This one picks up the slack and lives up to the Caldecott standard.

  • Ann
    2019-01-19 20:09

    This book would be wonderful, charming, inspiring and endearing even if it weren't based on the childhood of Jane Goodall - but because it is, the book becomes even more incredible.Simply told with sweet illustrations, McDonnell has manages to capture the imagination and dreams of children. This isn't a mini-biography by any means, but it shows the dreams of a young Jane Goodall, and we can gain a few insights as to how she grew up to be the person and scientist she is.What makes this book even more special is that included in the pages are some of Goodall's own illustrations from her childhood, and even a photograph of her (smiling broadly) with her own toy ape.I can't recommend this highly enough.

  • John
    2019-01-05 16:59

    I wonder how Me...Jane will look with shiny stickers. (I read it on 3/2/11 and reread it on 8/21/11. Can we please start giving it awards?)

  • Scope
    2019-01-20 20:14

    There are biographies that are picture books, and there are picture book biographies. The difference, you ask? The former is a fairly detailed bio with illustrations added – usually resulting in a book most appropriate for older audiences. The latter is picture book through and through – minimal text, basic vocab, simple story. With Me…Jane, Patrick McDonnell (Wag!, South) has created a picture book biography – it keeps the focus narrow, with successful results.On the first page we are introduced to a young Jane Goodall and her stuffed toy chimp Jubilee. An inseparable pair, Jubilee accompanies Jane as she liberally indulges her curiosity in the natural world, including a memorable discovery of where eggs come from: … [S]he and Jubilee snuck into Grandma Nutt’s chicken coop…hid beneath some straw, stayed very still…and observed the miracle.Jane recorded her findings and, with the help of the Tarzan books she read, dreamed of a life studying animals in Africa. The powerful final image, a photograph showing Goodall reaching out to a baby chimpanzee, the real-life incarnation of her childhood toy, will linger with readers and let them know that Goodall achieved her dream. Beautiful.The choice to cover only Jane Goodall’s childhood and not her exploits in Africa could be a sticking point for some. But if viewed simply as a chronicle of Goodall’s early steps to becoming an anthropologist, this focus on childhood fits, and will work for a K-2nd grade audience. Backmatter includes more detailed information about Goodall’s work studying primates as well as a note from Goodall herself.The lovely watercolor illustrations hit all the earth tones you would expect, with a peacefulness that matches Goodall’s famously placid demeanor. Images are also pulled from other sources and presented in rubber stamp-like single-color. For instance, on the page that describes Jane’s longing to visit Africa, an image of ship, a map, and waves adorn the blank space, adding richness.A woman who made important anthropological discoveries began as a girl who loved the outdoors. Me…Jane isn’t a blow-by-blow of Goodall’s entire career, but a laudable introduction and jumping-off point for young readers.

  • Tasha
    2018-12-31 15:03

    Jane is a girl who loves to be outside watching the animals. She takes her toy chimpanzee Jubilee with her on all of her adventures. They watch the squirrels, birds and spiders. They figure out where eggs come from. They go together up into her favorite tree to dream about being Tarzan in Africa. Jane dreamed about a life where she could study animals, learn about them, and watch them up close. And that’s exactly what she grew up to do as Jane Goodall, chimpanzee expert and animal activist. McDonnell writes with a restraint that is beautiful. He has pared down Goodall’s childhood into a few seminal moments that speak to the adult she became. Delightfully readable, the book has only a few lines of text per page, making it very accessible for young readers. Yet it works as a biography because those few lines carry a weight with them.The art in the book, also by McDonnell, combines old-fashioned stamps of chickens, squirrels, clocks and more with paintings that have a whimsical warmth about them. This gives the book a feeling that it is about the past without being specific. The color palette works especially well here with its yellows, greens, blues and browns.The final pages of the book have information on Goodall’s life as well as a message from Jane herself to the readers. It’s an ideal way to end a biographical picture book written for an age that is too young for bibliographies.A playful, winning biographical picture book that celebrates the childhood of the incredible Jane Goodall. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

  • Dolly
    2019-01-17 18:15

    This is a wonderful story that shows how curiosity, imagination, wonder and study can lead to a truly adventurous life, one that makes a difference in the world. The narrative and illustrations blend together perfectly, and make this a book that can work with children of all ages. I loved the additional biographical information at the end of the book as well as the note from Jane Goodall herself. Overall, we thought this was a terrific story and we really enjoyed reading it together. I appreciate that it was given a Caldecott Honor distinction, but I think that it should have been given the Medal.This book was selected as one of the books for the September 2017- Caldecott Honors 2008-2012 discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.

  • Julie
    2018-12-24 15:02

    Is it just me or is the Caldecott competition really stiff this year? Yet another book I hope gets some attention. I love the use of engravings and archival photographs to round out the illustrations. Such a beautiful book about an inspiring woman. Great message (ugh, I know) for kids. Paraphrased: Be an ubernerd and you just might make the world a better place. Random anecdote: When I was a kid, Jane Goodall spoke at my elementary school. (It's still somewhat surreal to think that I've seen her in person.) During her talk, Goodall mentioned how jealous she was of fictional Jane and how she just knew Tarzan would like her (Goodall) better because (rough paraphrase) "she wasn't such a twit." For some reason I've always remembered that, even over other things she said. Probably because I can relate. For example: Julie of the Wolves? Yeah, the wolves like me better. They told me so on the phone last week. Sorry.

  • Kaethe
    2019-01-07 21:15

    Me...Jane - Patrick McDonnell  For such a brief book, McDonnell has done a marvelous thing. He doesn't try to give us the entire life of Jane Goodall, just a glimpse at a child who was fascinated by animals and nature and Africa and how that lead to the adult she became. The art is perfect, incorporating Victorian animal illustrations, a sweet, almost cartoonish style, and memorabilia from Goodall. I expect the child who is like Goodall (albeit with pandas and China) will really love it.Library copy.

  • Abril G. Karera
    2019-01-20 20:02

    Jane es una niña que ama descubrir su entorno en compañía de su chimpancé de peluche Jubilee. ¿Hasta dónde la llevará su pasión por conocer lo más posible sobre los animales?Este libro narra algunos detalles que hicieron valiosa la infancia de Jane Goodall, primatóloga, etóloga, antropóloga y mensajera de la paz de la ONU inglesa. Cuenta con ilustraciones hechas por ella misma durante su niñez, además de un inspirador mensaje final para todos los lectores de este libro.

  • Randie D. Camp, M.S.
    2019-01-10 19:22

    The story of Jane Goodall's childhood and how she made her dream come true. Engaging text, remarkable illustrations (including some of Jane's own sketches), and an inspiring note from Jane make McDonnell's book a brilliant success. I love Jane's story but I am most fond of the relationship between Jane and her stuffed toy chimpanzee, Jubilee. It is very touching how Jane shared her love of animals with Jubilee and how she went on to study real life monkeys in Africa.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-01-15 18:10

    Not a biography but a beautiful, magical, utterly charming imagining of Jane Goodall as a child. I love MUTTS, love all Patrick McDonnell's books. This is one not to be missed!

  • Alex
    2018-12-20 19:04

    I enjoyed this book because I like jungles. I also enjoyed this book because I liked the part when Me Jane grew up and lived in the jungle. I also saw a show about it.

  • Melissa
    2019-01-17 17:03

    I had to spend a long time with this one, but I am now officially on board. At first Patrick McDonnell's light touch with a pen, which I still associate with the comics page, didn't seem able to carry the nice heft of the written content, especially when juxtaposed with the real photos and juvenilia that he includes. I felt they were so strong that they didn't pair up well with the art. I'm still not completely sure that they do. However, knowing so many people had fallen in love with this, I made myself read it over and over. And I realized how perfectly paced and sequenced this narrative is. PERFECTLY. Each sentence and phrase leads with no wasted words or ideas to the next and takes us just that one little step forward in discovering Jane, until we discover her to be in Africa. Here is where I think the play between the art style and the photos works well, because it is a little shock to come out of the dreamy childhood to the photo and the proof that she managed to achieve her goals as an adult. Kind of like the surprise of stepping from black and white Kansas to the Technicolor Oz. I still have some quibbles with the book, namely the back matter. McDonnell doesn't list his bibliography or research, just includes a further note about Jane Goodall and of course the letter from Jane herself. Now I can imagine that the facts of her life (that she had a stuffed chimp, that she spent time outside, that she crept into the chicken coop) are outlined in her various biographies, even if they aren't cited here. But when he steps more into her thoughts, ("Jane felt very much a part of it" and "Jane could feel her heart beating, beating, beating.") I find myself wondering if those indeed are feelings she has reported in her writings and biographies, or if they are artistic liberties that McDonnell has taken. Since he doesn't report where he got his facts, it's hard to tell. Obviously since Jane Goodall endorsed the book, she must find it a satisfactory representation, but the lack of sources in a juvenile biography still bothered me. But did I mention this book is PERFECTLY paced? Seriously, the next time you get someone in the library who says they're an aspiring children's book writer, give them this book.

  • babyhippoface
    2018-12-31 22:04

    This is the story of Jane Goodall's life... well, the part that really matters to kids. Most biographies, even those written for children, touch on the childhood years of the biographee, then quickly move on to the "important stuff". Not so with this little lovely. In McDonnell's view of Goodall's life, her childhood was the important stuff, because it was where the vision for the important stuff was born. McDonnell, creator of the always funny and often touching comic strip "Mutts", has said that this book is his love story to the work of Jane Goodall (see link below). This love story is told simply, but beautifully, and the illustrations are absolutely perfect. Picture this: young Jane and her stuffed chimp Jubilee sit, eyes closed in contentment, in a tree, accompanied by poetic words about Jane listening to the tree's heart, "beating, beating, beating...." {{sigh}} It makes me want to escape the world and climb into a tree myself.McDonnell combined his signature-style, cartoon watercolors with monochromatic 19th- and 20th-century engravings for a flawless fusion of poetry and science. The illustrations breathe life into the story, filling the reader with a gentle sense of the dream of adventures waiting to happen.It all comes together so perfectly that you just know there will be children who read this book, turn to the nearest adult and say, "So she really went to Africa when she grew up? What else did she do?" And then, if all is right with the world, they will head to the nearest library to see what else they can find about the daring Ms. Goodall, and dream of going on adventures of their own.To hear Patrick McDonnell speak about this book, visit TeachingBooks.

  • David
    2018-12-28 23:23

    Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell tells the story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. As the young Jane observes the natural world around her with wonder, she dreams of "a life living with and helping all animals," until one day she finds that her dream has come true.McDonnell chooses to focus on the young Jane Goodall to tell her story.McDonnel tells this story in about 160 words. McDonnell includes pages from Jane's "Aligator Society" created by her as a kid, plus a funny sketch made in 1960 in Africa of Jane sleeping in a tree while a chimp is inside her tent. Included at the back of the book are a short section “About Jane Goodall” and a “A Message from Jane” herself. McDonnell's art is done in India ink and watercolor on paper, and is both amusing and affecting. It is paried with a series of cleverly selected stamped images such as leaves, eggs, animals, hearts, and trees on the text page that really echoes and supports the text. This design along with eggshell colored paper and an old-fashioned type face gives the book an old fashioned, vintage look. The final photograph of the story is a prefect ending to a near perfect book. My only quibble is that some weblinks or related books to read might have been helpful.This is a wonderful picture book biography for younger children and readers. It should be in all elementary school libraries and public libraries. It should appear on Award and Best Book lists for 2011.For ages 4 to 8, non-fiction, picture-books, biography, chimpanzees, environment, conservation, nature, science themes, and fans of Jane Goddall and Patrick McDonnell.

  • Ashley Barna
    2019-01-02 20:58

    Me...Jane, written by Patrick McDonnell, is a wonderfully told story about a little girl named Jane who loves the outdoors. All throughout the book Jane is never seen without her stuffed toy chimpanzee named Jubilee who she loved dearly. Jane loved to read books about animals, climb trees, and witness animals in their own environment. All while Jane was exploring the outdoors with Jubilee, she was also dreaming about a life in Africa. She thought about how wonderful it would be to live in a place where she could see and help animals everyday. The story has a pleasant ending with Jane tucking Jubilee and herself into bed, and with a turn of the page Jane is all grown up living in Africa with a real monkey. The author's words are so easy to follow and are straight to the point without leaving out any important aspects that may leave the reader wondering. The illustrations in the book were absolutely gorgeous. Seeing little Jane running outside in the beautiful sunny filled sky made for a delightful read. The colors are bright and would easily catch any readers eye at first glance. I loved how Jane's actual drawings from when she was a child are also sketched into the book. This gives the book a real historical, and realistic feel about Jane and her childhood dreams. I was surprised to find out that this book did not receive the Caldecott award this past year. I did learn however, that Me...Jane did receive an honor award. I believe this book should have been chosen for the Caldecott based on its wonderful story line, and the illustrations that are so fun and inviting.

  • Megan Bernhard
    2019-01-01 23:26

    This is a story about Jane Goodall as a young girl and her stuff animal chimpanzee, Jubilee. With Jubilee always by her side Jane explores her love for nature and all the simplistic things that come with it. Jane dreams of living in Africa and pursuing her love for animals. I believe the illustrations throughout this story are very simplistic in nature and slightly childish in a way the appeals to young readers. I think this is an important aspect because it is a story of Jane at a young age and the illustrations are comforting and compliment the story. I enjoyed this story because it was a fun loving look into someone I have learned about throughout my education. I have always had a love for Jane Goodall and this story allowed me to share a passion of wildlife. I thought this story was an easy read that students on many reading levels could follow along with. Students can relate to this story by setting goals and dreams for themselves to work towards, expressing what they care about, and how to care for wildlife around them. I would use this book in the classroom to learn about Jane Goodall or introduce a unit on animals or a class pet. I think young students would enjoy creating their own version of Jubilee and they can write stories of the adventures they would go on with their favorite stuffed animals.

  • Vang Xiong
    2018-12-23 17:28

    This story is about a girl named Jane, who is curious about the world around her, especially the living organisms. The story takes us a journey that encompasses both the everyday wonders such as the act of seeing squirrels chasing each one another, chickens laying eyes, etc; and the fantasy that the child possesses, which is, the thought of, one day, visiting Africa and its inhabitants. Personally, the pictures do not stimulate excitement due to its pale color choice, however, I do find it intriguing that on the left side (where the texts are), snapshot of the idea of what is being discussed are presented, capturing the imagination of the child, Jane. On the right side, lies the picture itself, supporting the written text. What I enjoy most about this book has got to be the section about Jane itself, the real person. This book is about an actual person. The About section details Jane’s life, specifically her love for animals and activism. I find this section more interesting because it talks about an actual person, and perhaps, it is the fact that she is an anthropologist that I was able to connect with her.

  • Jane G Meyer
    2019-01-15 22:19

    I don't just love this book because it's about another Jane. Just want to get that out of the way....Everything about this book speaks to quality and endurance. The story is well told and fun, the illustrations are darling, intermixed with the most fabulous engravings from the 19th and 20th centuries. The quality of the binding and the paper also proves that the publishers want this book to last a very long while on a child's shelf. Me, Jane is about Jane Goodall as a little girl. How she toted around her stuffed chimpanzee and loved and studied nature from an early age. Very darling and a great pick for any adventurous little one. And it's not just for girls. My son loves when Jane goes into the hen house and hides to watch the hen lay an egg. He also puts his own hand over his heart every time I read this part of the text:Jane often climbed her favorite tree, which she named Beech. She would lay her cheek against its trunk and seem to feel the sap flowing beneath the bark. Jane could feel her own heart beating,beating,beating.

  • Janessa
    2019-01-14 21:16

    This little picture book opened up a whole new world to my nine year old daughter. She has always loved animals, and she connected deeply with the depiction of a young Jane Goodall playing with her stuffed chimp Jubilee. My daughter poured over the double-spread page showing some of the games and activities Jane created for her childhood animal club, and re-created some of the activities to do with her own friends. But the real magic of the book was watching young Jane keep that love of animals into her adulthood, and taking it with her to make a difference in the world. My daughter loved seeing McDonnell's engaging illustration of young Jane going to sleep in her bed transform in the next page to a photograph of Jane Goodall as an adult in Africa, reaching out to touch a chimpanzee. It has filled my daughter with an enthusiasm that her dreams can come true, and deepened her passion for helping any living creature that might need her attention. I can't say enough about this unassuming but powerful treasure of a book.

  • Darin Nordman
    2019-01-06 20:01

    Me...Jane By Patrick McDonnellI'll have to admit, when I began reading this book, I did not read the inside front and back covers, in which they elaborated who "Jane" was. So clearly, at the beginning of the story, I had no idea this was based on a real person. This story shares with it's readers that its always okay to follow your dreams. Jane had dreams of living and learning about all the animals in Africa. She grew up with a stuffed animal, whom she took everywhere. She loved being outdoors and learning about the animals in her own backyard. This was another good book in my opinion and a great interpreted biography of Jane Goodall for children. It shares with these young readers that if find something you really love doing and you stick with it, your dreams can come true. This is what was described of Jane. Growing up, learning about animals and writing down what she learned, the illustrations of this author matched up real well. There was an illustration of her actually observing a chicken laying an egg and then documenting it. This book was another great Caldecott read.

  • Laura Brenneisen
    2018-12-23 20:05

    Title: Me...Jane By: Patrick McDonnell Copyright: 2011 Number of Pages: 40 Lit Require: Charlotte Zolotow award winnerThis book is about a little girl named Jane who has a stuffed animal. Jane takes the stuffed animal everywhere she goes and she loves to be outside, she learns so many things while being outside, and she then would study/research to learn more about what she saw or observed from being outside. When she would go to sleep she would tuck her stuffed animal that was a monkey and dream about working and helping animals. One day she woke up and her dream had come true, Jane Goodall.I loved this book solely because I love animals as well, and before I decided to become a teacher I had my heart set on becoming a zoo keeper ever since i was about five years old. I am in the process of purchasing this book to use in my classroom to show how to follow your dreams, because if you dream hard enough they will come true.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-08 21:03

    Any child who loves animals, especially African animals like chimpanzees, will want to read this book, "Me...Jane" by Patrick McDonnell. Beginning readers will easily follow the story and accompanying pictures which details Jane's love of animals, her desire to learn all about them and to eventually go to Africa one day. Boys will like the part where Jane sneaks into the chicken coop to find out where eggs come from. In following Jane's story, which is the story of Jane Goodall, famed primatologist and environmentalist, children will be inspired by how Jane did everything she could to achieve her lifelong dream of studying and protecting animals. The pictures are reminiscent of the "Curious George" style. Plus, there are actual drawings that Jane Goodall drew when she was little as well as photographs of her in real life as a child and in working with chimpanzees. This book is a 2012 Caldecott Honor Book.