Me . . . Jane Hardcover – Apr 5 2011
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"This remarkable picture book is one of the few that speaks, in a meaningful way, to all ages."―Booklist, starred review
"McDonnell's book is... inspirational."―The Horn Book, starred review
"Children will appreciate McDonnell's original format and take heart that interests logged in their own diaries might turn into lifelong passions."―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"McDonnell's skill as a cartoonist enables him to express Goodall's joy, wonder and satisfaction with a simple stroke of the pen."―New York Times
"[A] tender homage... engaging... an appealing and satisfying introduction to a well-known scientist and activist."―School Library Journal
"McDonnell's concentration on [Goodall's] childhood fantasies carries a strong message to readers that their own dreams--even the wildly improbable ones--may be realizable, too."―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Patrick McDonnell is the creator of the beloved internationally syndicated comic strip MUTTS, which features the characters that star in five of his children's picture books: Wag!, The Gift of Nothing, Just Like Heaven, South, and Hug Time. He is also the creator of Me . . . Jane, a Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times bestselling picture book biography of Dr. Jane Goodall, and has written and illustrated the award-winning picture book Art.
Patrick sits on the board of directors of the Humane Society of the United States. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Karen; their two formerly feral cats, MeeMow and Not Ootie; and their adopted terrier, Amelie. Patrick's website is www.muttscomics.com.
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The title is a clever play on, "Me Tarzan, You Jane." Me...Jane tells the story of Jane Goodall as a little girl and her toy gorilla, Jubilee. Jane loves the outdoors and dreams from an early age of being able to help animals. McDonnell brings the world of young Jane to life in a wonderful combination of his drawings, antique bookplate illustrations, photographs, and even some of Goodall's own drawings. Me...Jane is a captivating read, and the image at the end with Jane Goodall waking up to her dream come true is perfect.
Very simple wording. Wonderful message. My daughter (4 year old) liked it a lot. I would definitely recommend it.