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We can all be heroes. That's the inspiring message of this New York Times bestselling picture book biography series from historian and author Brad Meltzer. Learn all about Jane Goodall, the chimpanzee scientist. Each picture book in this series is a biography of a significant historical figure, told in a simple, conversational, vivacious way, and always focusing on a cha We can all be heroes. That's the inspiring message of this New York Times bestselling picture book biography series from historian and author Brad Meltzer. Learn all about Jane Goodall, the chimpanzee scientist. Each picture book in this series is a biography of a significant historical figure, told in a simple, conversational, vivacious way, and always focusing on a character trait that makes the person a role model for kids. The heroes are depicted as children throughout, telling their life stories in first-person present tense, which keeps the books playful and accessible to young children. And each book ends with a line of encouragement, a direct quote, photos, a timeline, and a source list. This tenth book in the series features Jane Goodall, the scientist and conservationist who is famous for her work with chimpanzees. After receiving a stuffed animal chimpanzee for her first birthday, Jane Goodall's love of animals only grew. She saw what humans and animals had in common, not what makes us different, and used that to advocate for animal rights everywhere.


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We can all be heroes. That's the inspiring message of this New York Times bestselling picture book biography series from historian and author Brad Meltzer. Learn all about Jane Goodall, the chimpanzee scientist. Each picture book in this series is a biography of a significant historical figure, told in a simple, conversational, vivacious way, and always focusing on a cha We can all be heroes. That's the inspiring message of this New York Times bestselling picture book biography series from historian and author Brad Meltzer. Learn all about Jane Goodall, the chimpanzee scientist. Each picture book in this series is a biography of a significant historical figure, told in a simple, conversational, vivacious way, and always focusing on a character trait that makes the person a role model for kids. The heroes are depicted as children throughout, telling their life stories in first-person present tense, which keeps the books playful and accessible to young children. And each book ends with a line of encouragement, a direct quote, photos, a timeline, and a source list. This tenth book in the series features Jane Goodall, the scientist and conservationist who is famous for her work with chimpanzees. After receiving a stuffed animal chimpanzee for her first birthday, Jane Goodall's love of animals only grew. She saw what humans and animals had in common, not what makes us different, and used that to advocate for animal rights everywhere.

30 review for I Am Jane Goodall

  1. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    Jane Goodall is an amazing person. She was one of the people who started the movement of caring for the planet. - The most interesting fact I got from this book was she read the book ‘Doctor Doolittle’ as a child and she loved that book dearly. She read it 3 times before returning it to the library and that’s when she wanted to work with animals. That was the start of her dreaming big. She also got a stuffed Monkey as a child called Jubilee. She was a very patient child. She wanted to know how Jane Goodall is an amazing person. She was one of the people who started the movement of caring for the planet. - The most interesting fact I got from this book was she read the book ‘Doctor Doolittle’ as a child and she loved that book dearly. She read it 3 times before returning it to the library and that’s when she wanted to work with animals. That was the start of her dreaming big. She also got a stuffed Monkey as a child called Jubilee. She was a very patient child. She wanted to know how a chicken laid an egg and so she buried herself in the straw of the henhouse and waited hours watching the hens until she saw the egg laid. It’s amazing that a child has that much patience. Jane was so amazing and willing to strike out on her own. She was a woman doing something women weren’t supposed to do. Nothing would stop her. I love to see women with that story. I want to live that way too. I have gotten through most of this series. It is really so great for kids. The nephew was amazed by this. He wanted to do some of this stuff and I told him he doesn’t have the ability to be that still. He’s too wiggly and working with animals you have to be still. He told me he was able to be still. Anyway. He gave this 4 stars. Jane has a great national group for teens called Roots and Shoots to help work with animals. There is a website so check it out.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ernesto Alvarado

    Very cute book. Jane Goodall is an example of courage, she did not accept the answer "it's not for women". Her story should be told to our children and this book is a good way to start. The illustrations are beautiful and the book is written in an appealing way for children. Women are following Jane's example and fighting for their dreams. Go Girls! Very cute book. Jane Goodall is an example of courage, she did not accept the answer "it's not for women". Her story should be told to our children and this book is a good way to start. The illustrations are beautiful and the book is written in an appealing way for children. Women are following Jane's example and fighting for their dreams. Go Girls!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tukunjil Nayeera

    It was a pleasant read full of colorful illustrations! Dr. Jane Goodall is one of my favorite human beings for she cares for nature and animals while others are destroying our mother earth in many evil ways. I have been following her activities on social media for a long time. She is such a kind soul! As a matter of fact, this world needs more Jane Goodall. While roaming through the GR homepage I found Brad Meltzer's book written about her as a form of biography for school kids and I believe it w It was a pleasant read full of colorful illustrations! Dr. Jane Goodall is one of my favorite human beings for she cares for nature and animals while others are destroying our mother earth in many evil ways. I have been following her activities on social media for a long time. She is such a kind soul! As a matter of fact, this world needs more Jane Goodall. While roaming through the GR homepage I found Brad Meltzer's book written about her as a form of biography for school kids and I believe it would inspire children in many ways, ranging from being kind to being ambitious at the same time! Dr. Jane Goodall was a very ordinary kid who never finished her graduation, however, she made a great difference in this world because she knew perfectly well what she wants and she stuck up to that dream!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura McLoughlin

    I like these books. They are excellent introduction to some truly extraordinary people. It is a wide range of people - there are men, women, entertainers, scientists, civil rights leaders, etc. I get the idea behind having the subject look like a kid throughout the whole story but it does make it difficult to figure out a timeline.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carol Jen

    I love this whole series but I really loved this one. Such a great story of empowerment and how we can change the world.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vaishali

    Read by the wondrous Dr. Jane Goodall herself !!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFBlN... . Read by the wondrous Dr. Jane Goodall herself !!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFBlN... .

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Albright

    This book demonstrates at least some of the qualities of a good hagiography in that the subject of the book gave it an approving blurb.  It is always worthwhile on at least some level when the subject of a book approves what is said in it.  That said, I do not think that biographies, even those meant for children, should be hagiographies.  I do not think it appropriate to write hit pieces that are meant to destroy positive feeling towards people either, but there is something to be said for pres This book demonstrates at least some of the qualities of a good hagiography in that the subject of the book gave it an approving blurb.  It is always worthwhile on at least some level when the subject of a book approves what is said in it.  That said, I do not think that biographies, even those meant for children, should be hagiographies.  I do not think it appropriate to write hit pieces that are meant to destroy positive feeling towards people either, but there is something to be said for presenting people in all their complexity and letting children come up to their own opinions.  There are far too many saints' tales and villain tales and most people are neither, at least neither entirely.  Most people who are considered as heroes have some sort of dark side to their lives and behavior, and most people who are reviled in history have at least some way of making a positive case for themselves and their ideals, and we as human beings have to pick through the justifications and accusations and figure out what matters more, if we wish to engage in that task at all.  We could simply leave it up to God, as it were. Anyway, this particular book tells the story of someone who is easy to relate to and easy to sympathize with, namely Jane Goodall, whose care and concern for chimps helped the world see their individuality and sense of community in their natural environment.  We may say, although the book does not use the language, that Jane Goodall was particularly gifted in naturalistic observation and in drawing appropriate conclusions from those, and the fact that the book focuses on her efforts and investigations and generosity of spirit is genuinely appealing.  If the book is not perfect (more on that below), the author at least understands and wants to convey what is worthwhile about Jane Goodall, and that is her kindness towards animals and her willingness to see them for what they are, rather than see them only through prejudiced eyes.  If chimpanzees are not human, they are at least very intelligent animals with personalities and a high degree of creativity and worth as animals.  They are worthy of respect and interest, and this book certainly encourages readers to give both to the animals that Goodall spent so long studying in their native habitats. Although this book is very good, it is not perfect.  Again, as is generally the case, the question is one of framing.  As already mentioned, part of this framing is my dislike of hagiography as a whole as being the proper model for writing biographies aimed at children.  Why should we disappoint children by telling them to believe in heroes and then, when they are older, spending so much time and effort in debunking their heroism by pointing out their flaws.  It is better for children to wrestle with flaws and complexities while preserving a sense of idealism, so that people can see what is good and recognize that we all have feet of clay in at least some aspects of our lives.  In addition to this, the author presents Goodall as being unqualified for her research work but having benefited from a certain degree of favoritism from a well-established researcher in primate studies in Africa.  While the author presents this sort of favor as being an unmixed blessing, it is easy to see that others may disagree and see Goodall's work as less valuable and less reliable for her lacking the sort of credentials that give one respect in the scientific community.  That said, this book should encourage those who enjoy research but do not enjoy endless years of study.  We can gain a great deal of insight by looking at people or animals or even plants in their natural habitat and being willing to engage in what we see and observe with an attitude of warmth and friendliness.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Oakley

    My Biography WOW book that I chose is “I Am Jane Goodall” written by Brad Meltzer (Illustrations by Christopher Eliopoulos). This book describes the life of Jane Goodall and how she grew up fascinated with animals, which led her to eventually go to Africa and study animals. Jane Goodall was 23 years old when she first went to Africa and her love of animals only grew after meeting Dr. Louis Leakey, an anthropologist and paleontologist who hired her as a secretary and invited her to study chimpanz My Biography WOW book that I chose is “I Am Jane Goodall” written by Brad Meltzer (Illustrations by Christopher Eliopoulos). This book describes the life of Jane Goodall and how she grew up fascinated with animals, which led her to eventually go to Africa and study animals. Jane Goodall was 23 years old when she first went to Africa and her love of animals only grew after meeting Dr. Louis Leakey, an anthropologist and paleontologist who hired her as a secretary and invited her to study chimpanzees. Jane Goodall studied chimpanzees at what is now the Gombe National Park in Tanzania, Africa and after being extremely patient and observant, she was able to learn that contrary to what scientists formerly thought, chimpanzees had “personalities”, were intelligent, and had behaviors similar to humans. Jane Goodall showed the world that animals have personalities and complex relationships, and that to learn new things it’s important to “break the status quo” and trust your gut rather than what everyone tells you that you should or shouldn’t do. This book is geared toward students in 3rd Grade and includes pictures and heavy text with some dialogue in “text bubbles”. I would use this book in my classroom by using it as a read aloud to connect with science instruction on ecosystems and animals. I could also pair this book with a discussion about important women in history and bring in other literature about other important women in history. Also, there are other “I am ___” books written by Brad Meltzer about important historical figures, so I could even use multiple of his books to have my students do a Classroom Museum where each of my students has a different historical figure that they have to read about, dress up as, and present to their other classmates. This book was a WOW book for me because I also grew up with a strong love of animals so I could relate to Jane Goodall’s desire to learn more about them and research them. I also was surprised by the fact that I had never learned about Jane Goodall until I was introduced to this book in ELM 335, because I had heard the name Jane Goodall before but never knew why she was important. I also was just wowed by the content and illustration of this book and the others written by Brad Meltzer because I think they are informative books, but also so much fun to read and look at. If I had these books in elementary school, I think I would have read every single one that I could find.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lia Harrell

    At first, I wasn’t quite looking forward to reading a book of the biography genre. However, after being introduced to Brad Meltzer’s “Ordinary People Change the World” series of biographies, by none other than my lovely reading methods professor Dr. Ann Harrington, my outlook on this genre brightened up. Jane’s story embodies the idea of chasing your dreams despite what society may attempt to limit you to. Meltzer’s I am Jane Goodall would be appropriate for third graders as they are getting int At first, I wasn’t quite looking forward to reading a book of the biography genre. However, after being introduced to Brad Meltzer’s “Ordinary People Change the World” series of biographies, by none other than my lovely reading methods professor Dr. Ann Harrington, my outlook on this genre brightened up. Jane’s story embodies the idea of chasing your dreams despite what society may attempt to limit you to. Meltzer’s I am Jane Goodall would be appropriate for third graders as they are getting introduced to the ideas of autobiographies and biographies. One way in which I could incorporate this book into my instruction, is use the “Guess Yes or No” comprehension framework. Before my students read the book I would have them answer questions in which they would use prior knowledge or simply make an educated guess. As they read the book, they will refer back to their guesses and decipher which ones they got correct and which ones they did not. If they did get one of the statements wrong they would simply change it to match the correct answer. I would also like to use this biography as a way to start a discourse about primary and secondary sources. I would likely have students read this book and an actual autobiography. After which students could complete compare and contrast bubbles. One reason I fell in love with this book is because it defies the “norms” and restraints which society often tries to put on who you are and what you are able to achieve. No matter your age, race, nationality, gender, class, or etc you should be allowed the opportunity to pursue whatever you feel defines your happiness. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” - Jane Goodall

  10. 4 out of 5

    Giselle Monique

    This series is my favorite go to present for children, but this one in particular is my favorite. It's the one my daughter gravitates more to and even inspired her Halloween costume. Jane Goodall's passion for animal is contagious, but what I really appreciate the most is her curiosity and not allowing obstacles to get in her way of discovery. She is a god, I just love her. This book really dives into her childhood which I wasn't expecting to in a book geared for children. I even find this serie This series is my favorite go to present for children, but this one in particular is my favorite. It's the one my daughter gravitates more to and even inspired her Halloween costume. Jane Goodall's passion for animal is contagious, but what I really appreciate the most is her curiosity and not allowing obstacles to get in her way of discovery. She is a god, I just love her. This book really dives into her childhood which I wasn't expecting to in a book geared for children. I even find this series much more engaging than the popular Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, but this is written by a male.. but nonetheless it's gold. Great book and great series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    While this is my first book read in the series, I'm fascinated by the text and illustrations with my only caveat that the main character, the illustrious Jane Goodall remains "small" / childlike throughout the story of her exploration of chimpanzees in the wild. I was a bit off put by that but assume all are like that in this biographical series? Otherwise, great synopsis of the elemental ways that she contributed to science for women, about primates, studying in the natural world, etc. While this is my first book read in the series, I'm fascinated by the text and illustrations with my only caveat that the main character, the illustrious Jane Goodall remains "small" / childlike throughout the story of her exploration of chimpanzees in the wild. I was a bit off put by that but assume all are like that in this biographical series? Otherwise, great synopsis of the elemental ways that she contributed to science for women, about primates, studying in the natural world, etc.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Earl

    A strong addition to a series I absolutely love. This book definitely seemed more text heavy than the previous ones. I loved the message that Jane Goodall imparts and I hope it inspires readers to think about the world in a different way. (Actually the book is chock full of great messages!)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jocelin

    Very good autobiographical picture book about Jane Goodall. I didn't know anything about her other than the fact she studied chimpanzees. I didn't not know anything about her history. This series is so good from Brad Meltzer. I think adults would like it as well. Very good autobiographical picture book about Jane Goodall. I didn't know anything about her other than the fact she studied chimpanzees. I didn't not know anything about her history. This series is so good from Brad Meltzer. I think adults would like it as well.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Whole And

    Love this book on Jane Goodall's life from a young life and loving her stuffed animal chimpanzee, Jubilee. Follow Jane as a young environmentalist who even started a nature club and then how she got to Africa. Excellent biography on a timeless, well loved person to look upto. Love this book on Jane Goodall's life from a young life and loving her stuffed animal chimpanzee, Jubilee. Follow Jane as a young environmentalist who even started a nature club and then how she got to Africa. Excellent biography on a timeless, well loved person to look upto.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    “We don’t own this Earth. We share it.” After reading The Story of Dr. Doolittle, Jane Goodall vowed to go to Africa and live among the animals. Even though people didn’t think girls could become scientists, Jane knew with hard work and persistence, she could find a way.

  16. 4 out of 5

    David Freudenburg

    Written in the first person, as though it is an autobiography. Very cute and adorable. Very informative, I learned a lot. Describes her life chronologically and includes and ethical message at the end. Very attractive structure, format, and illustrations.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    Best series ever. =) This one seemed longer than the others so as a read aloud it was harder to keep the focus of little ones but it's still AMAZING! Best series ever. =) This one seemed longer than the others so as a read aloud it was harder to keep the focus of little ones but it's still AMAZING!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Trevor

    I LOVE this series of simple, short picture book biographies. A great way to pique kid's interest in important historical figures. I LOVE this series of simple, short picture book biographies. A great way to pique kid's interest in important historical figures.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mindi

    Great pictures and such a fun way for keeping Dr to learn about Jane Goodall!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Brown

    Another great story to learn about an amazing woman! I loved hearing about her start and how she didn't listen to the ones that said girls-can't-do-it! Another great story to learn about an amazing woman! I loved hearing about her start and how she didn't listen to the ones that said girls-can't-do-it!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Badgett

    I Am Jane Goodall, a Biography, is a book about a woman, Jane, who took her love for nature and animals and changed how we looked at them. The book starts out by describing Jane as a child who loved everything that had to do with animals. Whether it was her stuffed animal or the worms from the garden, she was drawn to them. The emphasis on her love of animals from an early age is what led me to believe this book was going to be about her work with them. As a child, she was always curious about t I Am Jane Goodall, a Biography, is a book about a woman, Jane, who took her love for nature and animals and changed how we looked at them. The book starts out by describing Jane as a child who loved everything that had to do with animals. Whether it was her stuffed animal or the worms from the garden, she was drawn to them. The emphasis on her love of animals from an early age is what led me to believe this book was going to be about her work with them. As a child, she was always curious about the ways of animals and read about (Dr. Dolittle) and did her own research (finding out where the egg came from). As she got older, she devoted her work to animals such as going to Africa and observing what she saw. One factor of this book that also made it a good life lesson was when Jane talked about what she had to overcome to get there. She was told that if you were a girl, people didn't think that you could become a scientist but that did not stop her. She was also told that women could not be alone in the forest but she got a companion and went anyways. Her research and observations led humans to see that animals were more like us than we thought. She also advocates for taking care of this planet and the environment we live in. She has been a very influential FEMALE scientist. I would use this book when talking to my students about scientists. I feel like learning about Jane would give them a more open idea of who can be a scientist and what you can do if you are. I feel like most children have this idea that scientists are males working in a lab so this book would definitely challenge their views and open their minds. I would also read this book or have this book as an option for my students to read for Earth Day. The message of human animal interaction is important, and the book also relates it to taking care of the environment as a whole and how we are responsible. This book was a WOW book for me because of how it is full of information, but not in a boring way. Most biographies you read, whether they be articles or books, are slow moving and full of information without much story line to it. This book was interesting and informational at the same time. This could inspire children to learn more about people without dreading the reading part of it. I most definitely want this series of books in my future classroom.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Brice

    The book I am Jane Goodall is a biography about what experiences made Jane Goodall who she is today. In this book, Jane Goodall, inspires young women to believe in their science abilities and reach for their dreams. She also recognizes the importance of the likeness between humans and animals. She noted that it is important for us to value animals and the lessons that they can teach us. When it comes to independent reading I would use this book in a third or fourth grade classroom. However, if I The book I am Jane Goodall is a biography about what experiences made Jane Goodall who she is today. In this book, Jane Goodall, inspires young women to believe in their science abilities and reach for their dreams. She also recognizes the importance of the likeness between humans and animals. She noted that it is important for us to value animals and the lessons that they can teach us. When it comes to independent reading I would use this book in a third or fourth grade classroom. However, if I was planning to do a read aloud this book could be used for a younger grade. One of the first ways I would use this book is to talk about the introduction of women into the science field. Jane Goodall was one of the first women to break the barrier and be successful in doing so. Many people hear the name Jane Goodall and only think of her work with the chimpanzees (I was guilty of this.) We often forget about all of the struggles she had to go through before she became this successful woman scientist. This could lead us into the discussion of what a scientist can look like and how anyone can be a scientist, not just the typical stereotype of a white man in a white lab coat with goggles. Another topic we can talk about is the importance of respecting our animals and their natural habitats. There are too many animals that are either endangered or heading to the title of endangered because of human intervention. In this book Jane Goodall displays what it means to learn and observe animals while also respecting their habitats and their personalities. It’s important for our students to learn what it means to respect nature and the animals that live near and far. This book was a wow book for me because of the wonderful illustrations and more importantly the dialogue bubbles. Too many times I have witnessed students disregarding the dialogue bubbles because the believe the words inside are not important or they just want to finish the book quickly. The awesome thing about this book is to fully understand what is happening you have to read every word on the page, including the dialogue bubbles. This is one of the main reasons I love the I am series and could really see myself using them in my future classroom.

  23. 5 out of 5

    McKenzie Weed

    I am Jane Goodall by Brad Meltzer is a children's biography about a female environmentalist who changed the world's perspective on the relationship between animals and humans. Through the intriguing illustrations and interesting text, students will learn about the struggles that Jane Goodall faced as she made her way into the science field. The amount of text and difficulty of some words make it most appropriate for a 3rd or 4th grade classroom. It could be used as a read aloud for younger grade I am Jane Goodall by Brad Meltzer is a children's biography about a female environmentalist who changed the world's perspective on the relationship between animals and humans. Through the intriguing illustrations and interesting text, students will learn about the struggles that Jane Goodall faced as she made her way into the science field. The amount of text and difficulty of some words make it most appropriate for a 3rd or 4th grade classroom. It could be used as a read aloud for younger grades but in my opinion it would be most effective in 3rd or 4th grade. This book can be used for a variety of different instructional purposes. The first idea I had was an introduction on women in science. Jane Goodall was one of the very first women to try and break into the science field and was successfully able to do so. Most people just think about her work with chimpanzees but often forget about all the struggles she had to face to get to that point. This would open students minds to what a "scientist" can look like and do. The typical stereotype that a lot of students think of is a older white male with crazy hair and a lab coat. However, Jane proves that a scientist can look and be whatever you want. I would also use this book as an informational text about the relationship between animals and humans. Students can compare and contrast the relationship between animals and humans before and after Jane's research. This book was a WOW book for me because it was so enjoyable to read. I loved all the illustrations including the dialogue bubbles. I found this book to be very inspiring as well as informational. I learned about Jane Goodall in high school but really only briefly, so this was a really fun and cute extension of what I already knew about her. I really enjoy all the books in the I am... series and think that I will use them often in my future classroom.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brittney

    This biography of Jane Goodall is appropriate for any grades as a read aloud and would be wonderful to teach 3rd through 5th graders about the Earth and the importance in fighting for what they are passionate about. The story allows students a connection to Jane Goodall, as it shows her story from a very young age and represents how students can be influenced young by their passions to one day become people who change the world. The story also shows that Jane Goodall was inspired by others just This biography of Jane Goodall is appropriate for any grades as a read aloud and would be wonderful to teach 3rd through 5th graders about the Earth and the importance in fighting for what they are passionate about. The story allows students a connection to Jane Goodall, as it shows her story from a very young age and represents how students can be influenced young by their passions to one day become people who change the world. The story also shows that Jane Goodall was inspired by others just as I believe the students will be inspired by her and the other things they read. This would be a great way to introduce the importance of nature and being true to ourselves. Beyond those life lessons and building a passionate and caring student, the story could be used to show main ideas of texts, as there are common themes of loving nature and fighting for what you love throughout her entire story. This story would also be a great book to have students to use visual images to help them comprehend the story. The story is a wow book in my opinion because nature is an important factor in each students life. Beyond the nature aspect of the story, Jane Goodall is a inspiration to students for fighting for what made her passionate and sticking to what she knew she wanted to do in her heart, even as people doubted her. We see in the story that her mother was supportive of her, but others who saw her for a girl and didn't see far beyond that.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Colyar

    I was so excited to read this book during class because I had this minor obsession with both Jane Goodall and monkeys all throughout elementary school and part of middle school. Getting the chance to read this biography reminded me of what an amazing human Jane Goodall is and how many advancements she has made in regards to animals throughout her life. She is such an empowering figure and she was able to overcome so much too with just being a woman in the science field and I think she would be a I was so excited to read this book during class because I had this minor obsession with both Jane Goodall and monkeys all throughout elementary school and part of middle school. Getting the chance to read this biography reminded me of what an amazing human Jane Goodall is and how many advancements she has made in regards to animals throughout her life. She is such an empowering figure and she was able to overcome so much too with just being a woman in the science field and I think she would be an inspiring figure for any of my future female students who may want to go into science! The illustrations throughout the book also help with readers being able to visualize all of her work. I think all of the I Am books that Meltzer has written would be beneficial to have in all elementary school classrooms but for students to read, this would probably be best for grades 3-5. I would use this book when teaching about biographies and what is awesome about biographies is that we can also tie in social studies with who they are learning about. I also really love the idea of doing a classroom wax museum and this book would be a great suggestion for students who may want to dress up and act as Ms. Goodall. Though the book is on the shorter side and has pictures, you end the book with so much knowledge of her life that I think a lot of the student’s research could be complete after finishing the book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kaylynn Johnsen

    I understand why but it was still weird to see child Jane Goodall in adult situations. All the books in the series are drawn that way. Probably because kids like to see kids. I still think it was weird.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    My kid wants to buy lots of copies of this book and donate it to library so everyone can read it. Probably the most impactful book he has read considering how much he loves animals.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sara Hinchliff

    “They told me to follow the rules. Instead I followed my gut.” Jane Goodall’s passion for animals and our earth, coupled with sheer determination, led her to break the rules of her time. In this inspiring installment to the People Change the World autobiographical series Brad Meltzer brings Goodall’s amazing discoveries through adventure to young readers. While great for K-4, all ages can find a connection to this life story that will encourage them to follow their own path. Jane Goodall’s groun “They told me to follow the rules. Instead I followed my gut.” Jane Goodall’s passion for animals and our earth, coupled with sheer determination, led her to break the rules of her time. In this inspiring installment to the People Change the World autobiographical series Brad Meltzer brings Goodall’s amazing discoveries through adventure to young readers. While great for K-4, all ages can find a connection to this life story that will encourage them to follow their own path. Jane Goodall’s groundbreaking discoveries about human, animal and environment connections continue to influence and challenge scientific beliefs. Just as Goodall’s own childhood dreams were encouraged by her parents she uses her experiences to advocate for young people today to follow their dreams in discovering and aiding in both environmental and human issues. While fun and entertaining for a quick read aloud many further educational opportunities can be found in Meltzer’s work. Basic scientific process skills, “Watch, observe, be patient”. Taking care of our planet, “building a bridge” between humans and the earth. Self determination, “listen to your heart”. Even Meltzer’s description of Goodall’s early inspiration from the book Dr. Doolittle suggests the powerful meaning fiction stories have on a child’s journey to adulthood. This book left me wanting to read more about Jane Goodall and to learn about and share with others her non-profit Roots and Shoots.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie Pence

    This book is a biography about Jane Goodall. You could use it for grades 2 and up. It starts at the beginning of her life, when she's just a toddler and goes all the way through to tell about everything she's done. I absolutely loved reading this book, the whole series is great. Being a graphic novel type picture book, it makes it fun and engaging for kids to read, and even adults! I also love that the book talks about character. As a teacher, I can see myself using this on the unit of biographi This book is a biography about Jane Goodall. You could use it for grades 2 and up. It starts at the beginning of her life, when she's just a toddler and goes all the way through to tell about everything she's done. I absolutely loved reading this book, the whole series is great. Being a graphic novel type picture book, it makes it fun and engaging for kids to read, and even adults! I also love that the book talks about character. As a teacher, I can see myself using this on the unit of biographies and autobiographies. I really think kids would love this one especially because it has to do with animals. In our social studies class, we just learned about the "living history museums" you can do with students in upper elementary where they pick a historical figure or a "change agent", do research on that person, and then dress up like that person, write a little speech from first person, and then other classes and come by and hear all about that person. I could see students using these books as research for projects like these and it would be a fun alternative to a long, more sophisticated book about their change agent. This book is a WOW book for me for several reasons. I love that it has the little word blurbs because that can make a book so interesting for kids. I also love that it starts when the people were little so that students can see exactly what the series is trying to get across- that "ordinary people change the world." Another part of this series that stuck out to me is that they also stick character into the books. At one point in the book, she's talking about how she was reading a the book "Dr. Doolittle" and the chimps build a bridge out of themselves. She says "They became the bridge. Isn't that beautiful? We can accomplish anything by working together." I love this. That's why this is a WOW book for me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Pence

    This book really is an amazing biography. It tells the story of Jane Goodall from the time she was a child to the legacy she has now. Jane has always had a passion for animals and decided to do something great with that passion as she got older. At just 23 years old, she got the opportunity to go to Africa to begin studying her favorite animals, chimpanzees. Jane had to go against what was "normal" at the time and stepped right into a position most didn't see fit for a girl. Yet, Jane made a hug This book really is an amazing biography. It tells the story of Jane Goodall from the time she was a child to the legacy she has now. Jane has always had a passion for animals and decided to do something great with that passion as she got older. At just 23 years old, she got the opportunity to go to Africa to begin studying her favorite animals, chimpanzees. Jane had to go against what was "normal" at the time and stepped right into a position most didn't see fit for a girl. Yet, Jane made a huge difference and her work is still being continued today. This book would be a great read-aloud for younger grades to show that great things can be accomplished when we work together. This book is full of great messages that are great to relay to younger students especially. Students could also use this book in older elementary grades to make a timeline of Jane's life and all she accomplished. I loved this book especially for all the messages inside. Jane talks about "building bridges" when we all work together and how important it is that we all recognize how much we have in common. Her story shows what can be done when we follow our hearts and what a great impact we can have.

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