Review: Primates

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas

by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks

Find it at: Your library | Amazon | Indiebound

Published: First Second (June 11, 2013)

Recommended reading age: 11 & up

In a nutshell: Recently I’ve been seeing more and more non-fiction graphic novels pop up on the shelves in the kids room at the library. And for the most part, they have all have been impressive and well executed. I mean really good. Extraordinarily good. I naturally flock towards fantastical graphic novels, but have been amazed by what publishers have been cranking out into this slim genre. My current favorite is Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Gladikas, the true story of the most groundbreaking primate scientists of our time.

Broken into three individual accounts of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Gladikas and a few overlapping scenes with two or all three of the characters together, Primates digs deep into the adventures, the struggles, the observations, and the triumphs of these determined women. All recruited by anthropologist Louis Leakey, not one of the women had backgrounds in their research before they set off in their studies, yet made some of the biggest advances known today of gorillas, orangutangs, and chimpanzees.  They shared a fierce dedication to their craft, were meticulous in their research, and had a whole lot of heart. A truly inspiring book, which after reading kinda makes you feel like you could do almost anything if you put your mind to it. Exactly the kind of book you want to put in the hands of young people.

Don’t take my word for it:Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas will surely evoke an urge to learn more about these three fascinating women and the primates to whom they devoted their lives.” -review by Shelf-employed

Source of book reviewed: My local library!

image sources: LA Times, Dig Boston


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