In his characteristic heartwarming style, 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. (goodreads summary)
I have always found the life of Jane Goodall fascinating and thrilled we can show our children their dreams can come true by reading this inspiring book with them. This story tells of Jane, as a young girl, growing up observing and learning all she can about the wonderful animals and plants around her. She explores the world with her favorite toy chimpanzee Jubilee fascinated by life and feeling as one with nature. She dreams of someday living a life in Africa, helping and protecting its beautiful creatures to making it a reality for all of us to share today. The gentle watercolor illustrations complimented the story nicely and on a few pages there are actual sketches done by Jane herself when she was young. Children will get a kick out of the adorable Jubilee, who looks very real as he follows along with Jane everywhere. The text is short and simple but full of inspiration while you read about Jane's young life as she grows into an adult accompanied by her famous picture of her and a tiny chimpanzee baby reaching out together in the end. It sends a message that whatever you dream may not be that far out of reach if you have passion and determination. There is a special note from Jane on the back page encouraging us all to help make the world a better place. The author did a wonderful job showing me "who is" Jane Goodall. This book is truly for someone who is willing to make a difference and help our children follow their dreams whatever they may be. I think this is a "just right book" for ages 4 and up.~
Author: Patrick McDonnell
Pub. Date: April 2011, Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: picture book
Hardcover, 40 pgs.