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My Life with the Chimpanzees

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From the time she was a girl, Jane Goodall dreamed of a life spent working with animals. Finally she had her wish. When she was twenty-six years old, she ventured into the forests of Africa to observe chimpanzees in the wild. On her expeditions she braved the dangers with leopards and lions in the African bush. And she got to know an amazing group of wild chimpanzees -- in ...more
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Published April 1st 1996 by Aladdin (first published March 1st 1988)
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Feb 25, 2008 Painting rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this especially because I could hear Jane's gentle voice after having watched her on television. People like Jane who share their knowledge and experience of the wild world are a treasure. Her accounts about the daily routines of the animals gave me an appreciation of how the chimps survive and interact socially which is the subtle stuff that we don't see in zoos or on sensationalized nature television programming.
Anand Ganapathy
Apr 28, 2016 Anand Ganapathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ourlibrary
Wonderful book by one of the foremost primate researchers and conservationists. Jane Goodall has been working with chimpanzees at Gombe forest reserve, Tanzania since 1960 and this book traces her entire journey. Had wanted to read her works ever since I read an excerpt of one in the book section of reader's digest many years ago. highly recommended for all animal lovers
Feb 08, 2010 Noah rated it really liked it
"My Life with the Chimpanzees" is about animal specialist Jane Goodall embarking on dangerous trips into Africa studying and learning more about chimpanzees. Jane Goodall tells how her small fascination as a child became a long life career. Information on the chimps, funny stories, and scary stories are all included in this biography. Jane Goodall is one of the most highly regarded people in the world when it comes to wildlife. The main characters in the book are Jane, her son, and her second h ...more
Wonderful telling of Jane's life in Africa and the courage she needed to do it, the love she had for the animals, the reasons to do fieldwork. I'm so glad I picked this book up at the Bookery. I think it really gave iris a lot to think about.


iris loves this book. She asks to read it every night and has memorized all the chimps names and pictures. She even told her teacher that a picture of two chimps in a magazine was of Flo and baby Flint because she recognized it from our book. How cool i
Apr 29, 2015 Thaynes4 rated it it was amazing
"My Life with the Chimpanzees" is about animal specialist Jane Goodall embarking on dangerous trips into Africa studying and learning more about chimpanzees. Jane Goodall tells how her small fascination as a child became a long life career. She longed her whole life to live with the chimpanzees. Information on the chimps, funny stories, and scary stories are all included in this biography.
Apr 03, 2016 Venus rated it it was amazing
Very impressive book! I loved it...Excerpt from a book:
"July 16, 1960 was a day I shall remember all my life. It was first time set foot on the chimpanzee land in Gombe National Park. It was the handsome male with the dense white beard. I had already named him David Greybeard. He was first one who visited the camp. When I met him in forest, he would come up to see if I had a banana hidden in my pocket. It was David Greybeard who amazed me when he used objects as tools for fishing termites. He ha
Marina Branch
Feb 11, 2016 Marina Branch rated it it was amazing
I loved My Life With The Chimpanzees. Jane Goodall did a great job showing what her life was like before she grew an interest in chimps. Yet, she still had a fascination for animals her whole life, which I had never known. There were so many things I never knew about Jane that I learned from this book, and so many things about chimps I learned from this book. To be honest, I didn’t really feel too excited about the book when I first looked at it, but then I began reading it. I looked forward to ...more
Sep 02, 2014 Emilie rated it really liked it
I once met Jane Goodall, she came to do a presentation at my school. She told us her story, and I realized that she is an incredible woman. She is more than eighty, and she is still fighting for her chimpanzees, ecology, still trying to make the world a better place for humans and animals alike, still fighting to reduce and stop the damaging, the killing we humans are spreading. Every day, our actions kill thousands of animals, and damage the resources we are supposed to share with souls that de ...more
Jessica Menton
Feb 27, 2015 Jessica Menton rated it really liked it
Jane longed her whole life to live among the chimpanzees. Finally she got her dream. She lived in a very interesting way and went through many crazy adventures. At the end of the book made me cry. She told me about another hero. Mr. Swope saved an... I just can't tell you. That would be a spoiler. Read it for yourself!

I loved the book. Jane Goodall inspired me to follow my dreams. She also gave advice about how to help animals and she rose awareness about the endangerment of our friends, the c
Jun 07, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
If I was 12, I would have loved this book. I didn't realize it was written for kids until I started reading it, that being said I was a little disappointed.
May 11, 2015 Sue rated it liked it
Reading this took me back to the year I was in Fifth grade. That was the year that I did a science project on Goodall's study of the chimps. I made a poster that was a family tree with pictures from National Geographic magazines and showed the relationships between the chimps. Even after all these years, chimp names and events sounded familiar to me.
It was interesting also because I didn't know any of her background and how she got interested in studying them. I also didn't know what she has d
Roots & Shoots
Apr 20, 2011 Roots & Shoots rated it it was amazing
The article below was published on the website for Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots.

"Roots & Shoots Bookshelf: My Life with the Chimpanzees"

Have you ever wondered where Dr. Jane's interest in animals began? Or what her favorite book is?

My Life with the Chimpanzees can answer these questions and more about Dr. Jane's life, her pioneering chimpanzee research and how her career began. Originally written for youth ages 8-12, My Life with the Chimpanzees is an exciting read for both young people
Jan 29, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Response Number 8

My Life With the Chimpanzees is about Jane Goodall, A woman who did research in the field of ethology, which was all about how animals react in the wild. She was born in 1934, and she grew up in England. Originally, she couldn't get her dream of being a ethologist, but thanks to one of her friends, she did, in South Africa. Then she started her famous study on the animals in the Gombe Stream National Park, which was the most amazing thing she did in her life.

When I read this boo

Kristina S
My Life with the chimpanzees
by Jane Goodall

The Book My life with the chimpanzees is about Jane Goodall from her early childhood to a famous scientist who fights for chimpanzees. jane Goodall loved animals since she is 1 year old when she got a live sizes chimpanzee toy from her dad. Every told him that she would get scared of it but she loved it the hole day she walked around with it. The older she got the more she loved animals. Later she opened the "Alligator club" with her two cousins and her
Tushitha Jujjuri
Oct 27, 2012 Tushitha Jujjuri rated it really liked it
my life with chimpanzees
by Jane Goodall
156 pages
Date finished:10/24/2012

This book is about a girl named Jane Goodall. She was born in London, on April 3, 1934. She started reading books about animals when she was seven years old which made her want to go to Africa someday in her life. In the story it said " I read as many books as I could find about all sorts of animals". This states that she likes to read books about animals not only chimpanzees. Reading all these books made her want t
"A Dream Come True

"From the time she was a girl, Jane Gooddall dreamed of a life spent working with animals. Finally she had her wish. When she was twenty-six years old, she ventured into the forests of Africa to observe chimpanzees in the wild. On her expeditions she braved the dangers of the jungle and survived encounters with leopards and lions in the African bush. And she got to know an amazing group of wild chimpanzees -- intelligent animals whose lives, in work and play and family relation
Jul 30, 2013 Luisa rated it really liked it
I reread Jane Goodall’s My Live with the Chimpanzees because it’s on our Book Match list this year and was amazed with what that diminutive gentle woman experienced as described in her own humble words. She knew from a very early age that she wanted to live in Africa and study animals. She worked a variety of jobs, before being invited to Kenya where she became an apprentice of sorts to the famous Dr. Louis Leaky. Initially working alone at Gombe Streak Game Reserve, Jane Goodall’s observations- ...more
Kaylee Warzecha
Sep 01, 2014 Kaylee Warzecha rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile, non-fiction
I was first interested in this book because of the picture book titled "Me... Jane" so I became curious about the life of Jane Goodall. This was a great biography that talked all about Jane's Adventures in Africa and how she got started in observing chimpanzees. In the end of the book she talks about all the different things that we can do to help our environment and the animals who are being mistreated.(nonfiction)
Jul 29, 2014 Jas rated it really liked it
Jane Goodall wrote a very nice book describing her experiences and life from when she was a kid. The way the book is written and explained really wanted me to keep turning the pages and finding out what happens next and about the new chimpanzees she meets. The last 50 pages were a little stretched. They are about efforts to protect wildlife, and I am sure this is something very important to Jane, but I think she went a bit overboard. I would have just skipped those pages if it weren't for the st ...more
Cass Ratliff
Dec 30, 2015 Cass Ratliff rated it liked it
"The most important thing I can say to you-- yes, you who are now reading this-- is that you, as an individual, have a role to play and can make a difference."- Jane Goodall

I loved everything that Jane provided readers with in this book (she is so wise!), but seeing as this book is aimed more toward children, I can't wait to get into some of her other pieces. Maybe through her words I will find the difference I'm supposed to make in this world.
I read this when I was 8, and Dr. Goodall instantly became my hero. This was the book that, not only showed me that study primates was a thing I could do when I grow up, but made me actually want to be a primatologist. This was seriously one of my favorite books, and I really hope it keeps inspiring future generations of primatologists out there. @(^_^)@ Primate People Unite!
This is a perfect introductory non fiction text. I'm thinking I would use it with 5th/6th grade.

Goodall's story is captivating, clearly. She knows her audience: youth. The section in chapter 9 on how to determine career, or what to do should you want to work with animals, is on point and perfect for a young reader. The anecdotes are weaved throughout and she doesn't linger too much on her own personal tragedies. This is important for a young reader, who's primary concern will be the chimps.
Johanna H.
Mar 23, 2015 Johanna H. rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
First i have to say that i truly admire Jane Goodall.. She is such a kindhearted, wise, strong and lovely woman. Her work is amazing and she has done so much. First with the Chimpanzees and now with her speeches and work with young people for a better and kinder world.. she should be a role model for everyone! I admire that she still has the power to fight for what she believes .. she speaks and reasons with peoples and that is what i like so much ! She went to Labroratorys and spoke with the wo ...more
Mar 19, 2007 Amanda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adventure lovers
My sister gave this book to me for Easter one year, little knowing how much it would spark my interest for years to come. I found Jane Goodall's recollections of her childhood and consequent forays into archaeology and then chimpanzee study in Tanzania absolutely fascinating. Her storytelling is extremely straight-forward and digestible. As much as I love fiction, there's something about knowing these things actually happened that make them really riveting. Jane's childhood memories of war-torn ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Deborah rated it it was amazing
For as long as I can remember, I have admired Jane Goodall and her amazing work with chimpanzees, etc. I have read quite a
few of her books - This biography reads so quickly and I got lost (in a good way) about what she gave up and what she gained by living among and being accepted by the chimpanzees. She has no equal.
Aug 26, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book for kids. She beautifully writes about environmental problems and the amazing aspects of her life (and her animals) in a way that's exciting and easy to understand for youth readers. I can't wait to read books of her in an older age group. I recommend this for ALL children!
Jan 23, 2012 Jafar rated it liked it
I knew about Goodall and how she was the first ethologist to study chimpanzees in the wild, and how she did this by camping out close to their habitat for months, just sitting there so that the chimps get used to her and ignore her, moving in closer inch by inch, until she managed to get close enough to study their personal and social behaviors. This book, however, is neither a book on ethology nor a detailed recall of her field days. It’s some sort of an autobiography, starting with her childho ...more
Kaitlyn Burress
Jan 16, 2013 Kaitlyn Burress rated it really liked it
My Life with the Chimpanzees was a great book by Jane Goodall. It was 87 pages and a great biography. Jane Goodall was a Ethologist. That means she observes animals for a living. It starts out talking about her poor child hood living in Europe when hitler was there. She moved to Africa though when her friend invited her for a visit, Although since she was 5 she wanted to go to Africa she couldn't go until she was in her 20's. She had many great adventures and had many frightful moments with rhin ...more
Isaac Roberts
Oct 20, 2015 Isaac Roberts rated it really liked it
The book was interesting. Ever since Jane Goodall was 5 years old, she always wanted to visit Africa. She had a liking to the wilderness. This became her perfect opportunity to study the chimpanzees. Her passion for the animals gave her readers an exciting story to tell.
Li Wen
Sep 02, 2014 Li Wen rated it liked it
I was hoping there is more accounts of her life in the jungles observing, studying and befriending the chimpanzees.
But the second half of the book is more marketing and promoting her causes.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and it shed some light on the life of Jane and her lifelong work.
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For the Australian academic and mystery writer, see Professor Jane R. Goodall.

Dame Jane Morris Goodall, DBE (born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall), is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 45-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Strea
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