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Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall

Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall

Fall 2015 Non-Fiction
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Anita Silvey
ISBN: 978-1426315183
Hardcover Price: $18.99

When Jane Goodall was five, her mother thought she was lost. She became frantic and called the police. But young Jane wasn't lost, or even hiding. She was simply and silently observing a hen until she laid an egg. As a child, she read the "Dr. Doolittle" books and developed a desire to go to Africa. As a young woman, she was invited to Kenya where she met the famous archeologist and her future mentor, Louis Leakey, who believed that the great apes needed to be studied in the wild. In 1960, Leakey sent Goodall to study chimpanzees in Gombe Stream Game Reserve in what is now Tanzania, where the focus of Jane's life as a world renowned scientist took shape.

In a compelling biography, replete with wonderful photographs, the author gives a thorough picture of a courageous, kind woman who has dedicated her life to the chimpanzees . In recent years, she has worked tirelessly to get these intelligent, sensitive animals out of zoos and medical research laboratories. The book is a visual feast with lovely borders, informative sidebars and colorful pictures throughout. It is very respectful of young readers and gives them ways to help carryon Goodall's work.

Kemie Nix   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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