By Patrick McDonnell
“Here is the story of a little girl named Jane who dreamed of a life
helping animals and grew up to help change the world.”
Me…Jane is a story about a little girl, chimpanzees, and dreams!!! The beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of childhood Jane Goodall, who dreams of one day playing and living with chimpanzees.
Jane’s dream is just that – a dream – until the book’s final page! The story shows that with hard work and determination, any dream, no matter how CRAZY, can become a reality!
The realistic watercolor drawings come to life fully by the end of the book, when Jane Goodall herself writes a letter to the reader! After finishing the book in school or at home, young children are sure to want to learn more about the world’s leading expert on chimpanzees.
I would encourage this book to be read at home to young children, as it is more personal and less factual than its companion book, The Watcher by Jeanette Winter. Children are encouraged to follow their dreams, and are taught the importance in helping others, whether human or animal.
Just read this review of the book published by Amazon:
“In his characteristic heartwarming style, Patrick McDonnell tells the story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. As the young Jane observes the natural world around her with wonder, she dreams of “a life living with and helping all animals,” until one day she finds that her dream has come true.”
Finally, even though the video may not involve English words (a testament to the book’s worldwide popularity!) check out this trailer for Me…Jane that includes many of the enthralling illustrations from the book!