Librarian: Amanda Perry, Library Director, Winooski Memorial Library
Book: Me ... Jane by Patrick McDonnell
Age range: preschool to grade 5.
Perry's summary: A young Jane Goodall, accompanied by her toy chimpanzee, Jubilee, spends her days exploring the outdoors and recording her observations of plant and animal life. Jane dreams of Africa, inspired by Tarzan of the Apes. This childhood aspiration seems like an impossible one, but the last of the book's pictures shows just how fully her dreams are realized. There are several books for children about Jane Goodall, and Me ... Jane will lead readers to seek them out.
Why it'll draw you in: McDonnell's illustrations have a dreamy quality with muted colors that lend a vintage feel. The contrast of the ending photograph makes a concrete link to the real-life Jane. A short biography explains all of Goodall's achievements and is sure to inspire curious kids.