Me-- Jane

McDonnell, Patrick

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Me-- Jane
Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals. Includes biographical information on the prominent zoologist.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316045469
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,22 x 25 cm.


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Carnegie Medal winners: Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard, Weston Woods Studios, Inc., producers of “Me…Jane,” an adaptation of Patrick McDonnell’s 2012 Caldecott Honor book.

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Jul 09, 2014
  • arm285 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Whether or not you knew who Jane Goodall was before reading all the way to the end notes, this is a touching tale of pursuing your dreams from yur youth. I do not think that this book is intended to be a biography. The mixed media illustrations are deserving of the Caldecott.

Apr 24, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It sounds almost too perfect to be true. Famed primate expert Jane Goodall had a stuffed toy chimpanzee as a little girl. She went everywhere with it, and together they explored the mysteries of nature.

Me...Jane is Patrick McDonnell’s peacefully expressive interpretation of Goodall’s childhood through his art, actual photographs of Jane, and the drawings of her youth. Jane starts out a very curious young girl, studying all sort of animals around her home. That curious nature leads to many answers.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/me_jane_mcdonnell

Mar 07, 2014
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fantastic pictures and a wonderful story.

Aug 27, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 15, 2012
  • kimrae rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant! Love the illustrations and meaningful story. One can not help but love the stuffed chimpanzee, Jubilee

Nov 29, 2011

NYTimes Notable Children's book for 2011

Oct 26, 2011

One of the best illustrated books I have ever seen! As a biography, this is thin on details--thinner than Jeanette Winters' The Watcher. But for a great display of how pictures work with text to span time, deliver moments, and bring you inside a character, this is a knock-out!


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Dec 20, 2013
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Aug 27, 2012
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Aug 27, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.


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