Book of the Week: Me... Jane

Monday, May 2, 2016

Patrick McDonnell's Me...Jane is an absolutely inspiring picture book.  Not only is it beautifully illustrated, a 2012 Caldecott Honor book, and engaging, it tells the amazing and true story of Dr. Jane Goodall and the start of her life dedicated to environmental conservatism.

When Jane was a young girl, she and her stuffed chimpanzee, Jubilee, spent their days exploring and studying the world around them, observing miracle after miracle.  The more Jane learned about her world, the more she loved it and had a desire to care for and improve it.

She went on adventures, kept journals, and developed a special bond with the natural world.  I love that the book includes drawings and puzzles that Jane created as a young girl.  You'll find those kind of special details on so many of the pages.  Jane went to bed every night dreaming of a time when she could live among and help the animals she loved.

Until she woke up one day, living her dream.

I was fascinated by the impact that realizing this story was real had on my son.  Perhaps the only thing better than helping your child develop dreams of their own, is helping them see that their dreams can actually come true.  Me...Jane is an inspiration in more ways than one.

If you like this title, some others you might enjoy include:

The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett
Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles


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