Friday, July 5, 2019

Review - Jane: My First Jane Goodall

Jane: My First Jane Goodall (My First Little People, BIG DREAMS)
by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara
illustrated by Beatrice Cerocchi
Date: 2019
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book non-fiction
Pages: 24
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

This board book version of Jane Goodall—from the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series—introduces the youngest dreamers to the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees.

When Jane was little, her father gave her a toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. This inspired her lifelong love of animals, and she went to study them in the wild as soon as she could. Jane lived with chimpanzees in their natural habitat and became famous for her pioneering approach to research. She now educates the public on animal rights. Babies and toddlers will love to snuggle as you read to them the engaging story of this fascinating woman, and will also enjoy exploring the stylish and quirky illustrations of this sturdy board book on their own.

(synopsis from NetGalley; see it on Goodreads)

I think this is one of the stronger board-book versions of these books that I've read. I'm still not sure why babies and toddlers would want to read biographies, but at least the pictures in this one are fun to look at and aren't too anachronistic (a trait that plagues some of the other titles in this series).

This book gives a very basic overview of Jane Goodall's life and work. I have a feeling I'd like the full version better, but for what it is, this board book is okay.

Thank you to NetGalley and Frances Lincoln Children's Books for providing a digital ARC.

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.17 out of 5

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