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Who Is Jane Goodall? (Who Was/Is...?)

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A life in the wild!

Jane Goodall, born in London, England, always loved animals and wanted to study them in their natural habitats. So at age twenty-six, off she went to Africa! Goodall's up-close observations of chimpanzees changed what we know about them and paved the way for many female scientists who came after her. Now her story comes to life in this biography with bla
Paperback, 112 pages
Published November 8th 2012 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published November 1st 2012)
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Mar 02, 2016 Lily rated it liked it
I liked this book and thought it was very interesting. It's cool how from the age of 10 she knew she was going to go to Africa and be with the monkeys. It really would take some guts to move into Africa and have no communication, for the most part, with any of your friends or family (except for her mom who she was with at the beginning ) . I know I couldn't do it. Also it's interesting how's she's not really afraid of anything but leopards... she's in a jungle for crying out loud! Jane was very ...more
The Styling Librarian
Who is Jane Goodall? by Roberta Edwards, illustrated by John O'Brien - Here's my first non-fiction chapter book that I read alongside my son. We didn't read aloud, just silently read together and then discussed as the story progressed. For example when we were reading the page where Jane was attacked by a chimpanzee I said "oh no, this is terrible" and my son said "Shh, I'm not there yet... oh no mommy, did this really happen?!" When we read the pages about a chimpanzee who had no empathy and ...more
Apr 19, 2015 Thaynes4 rated it it was amazing
Born in London, England, Jane Goodall always loved animals and being outdoors. She received a toy animal chimpanzee (that she named Jubilee after a chimp they were following on the news) from her father, but little did she know that later she would study animals in their natural habitats. At the age of 26, she went to Africa to Gombe Stream Game Reserve to study animals in their natural habitat, up-close and personal recognizing the similarities between humans and chimps. She observed ...more
Apr 05, 2016 Isabelle rated it liked it
This book was very short, but interesting. I really liked learning about Jane and her life. I thought it was cute how her interest in chimps started with a toy chimp she got when she was a little kid! I liked how this book explained a lot about her research. I liked how she gave all the chimps names and a lot of them started with the letter F. She is so devoted to her life's work. It was very courageous of her to take on the jobs researching the chimps in the jungle. Now she travels the world ...more
Daniel Schulte
Nov 16, 2015 Daniel Schulte rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great book. It gave a good overview of Jane Goodall's accomplishments, kept it simple enough for early readers, had interesting illustrations, and finished with a message about how readers can add to Jane's legacy.
Maricarmen Estrada M
Dec 28, 2015 Maricarmen Estrada M rated it really liked it
Great book for young readers about this remarkable woman. I loved the kind of relationship and support she had from her family, specially from her mother. There were personal facts I didn't know about her such as her two marriages and her son Grub.
Jan 17, 2014 Karli rated it really liked it
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My daughter is loving these books - and I love how much they teach her.
May 15, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
She made such a Discovery!
Jenna M.
Oct 25, 2016 Jenna M. rated it really liked it
Who is Jane Goodall?
By Roberta Edwards

Jane Goodall was born on April 3, 1934, in London, England. By age 10, Jane knew what she was going to do with her life. She was going to live in Africa to be close to the wild animals. In 1956, she received a letter from an old school friend named Clo, saying her family bought a farm in Kenya, Africa asking if Jane wanted to visit and she said yes. In July 1960, she moved to the Gombe Stream Game Reserve and for the first couple months her mother, V
Lorelai H.
Nov 22, 2016 Lorelai H. rated it it was ok
The book, Who is jane Goodall, is a book about a young girl named Jane. In the beginning, Jane recives a stuffed animal that is a monkey. Ever since she was young, she had always loved animals and creatures. But it all started when she got the stuffed animal. She grew up and she became an amazing woman who loved to study chimps. She eventually went to South Africa and started to study chimps. She got calls for many magazine owners who were intrested in taking pictures of her and her work.

Jane w
Liz Cronin
Nov 17, 2016 Liz Cronin rated it it was amazing
Synopsis: This book chronicles the life and career of Jane Goodall who was most famous for her studies with Chimpanzees.

Critique: I really like the "Who Is.." and "Who Was..." books. The cover art is always eye catching because they illustrate the people with heads that are too big for their bodies. The books are full of great information about the person, as well as wonderful illustrations and interesting facts. The books use common text features of non-fiction books such as tables, times lines
Sheri St.
Nov 11, 2016 Sheri St. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite nonfiction childrens books series because the books are both interesting and entertaining. While I was familiar with Jane Goodall's work with chimps, I now have a much broader understanding of her life and work. She was the first person to do in-depth studies of chimps and she spent a great deal of her time in Africa doing this work. From her patience in observing chimp behavior, much was learned about the lives of chimps. It's amazing to think about the wide reaching ...more
Nov 18, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
My students love these books! Kid-friendly information about famous figures.
Sep 26, 2016 Maddy rated it it was amazing
The book who is Jane Goodall by Roberta Edwards tells the story of a girl that wanted to learn more and more about animals. I could definitely relate to the fact that she wanted to get Hands-On learning with animals and not have to look at them in a zoo. The worst part in the book was when the one of the chimp attacked one of the other 1 and one of them got severely hurt and Jane Goodall was very upset.
Tonya Nelson
May 06, 2014 Tonya Nelson rated it really liked it
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Summary: Born in London, England, Jane Goodall always loved animals and being outdoors. She received a toy animal chimpanzee (that she named Jubilee after a chimp they were following on the news) from her father, but little did she know that later she would study animals in their natural habitats. At the age of 26, she went to Africa to Gombe Stream Game Reserve to study animals in their natural habitat, up-close and personal recognizing the similarities between humans and chimps. She observed ...more
Clayton Maxwell
Sep 01, 2016 Clayton Maxwell rated it it was amazing

The book that I have just read was “Who Was Jane Goodall?” by Roberta Edwards. It was a very great book overall and it was pretty easy to read. This book is about Jane Goodall and her interest in animals. The main characters are Jane Goodall and Louis Leakey. Jane Goodall actually was born in England, and then went to Africa. Those are key points of this book.

The book “Who Was Jane Goodall?” was a great book and it was a very interesting biography. I liked how the book had definitions and backgr
Mar 02, 2016 Jan-Rose rated it it was amazing
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Susanna Fenimore
Apr 26, 2016 Susanna Fenimore rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous addition to the "Who Is..." series by Roberta Edwards. Jane Goodall has always been one of my hero's because of her love for nature, and love for animals. I admired her work very much and the efforts she took to defend and honor something she loved. Women who once did this were just so frowned upon, but she did what she wanted which is admirable to me. This book tells of the tales that helped shape the human vision of chimps today and how Jane started the trail, and the road for ...more
Madie Marie
May 04, 2016 Madie Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Biography book number 4- 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 -- intelligent animals whose lives, in work and play and family relationships, bear a surprising ...more
Madison Wamboldt
Mar 15, 2016 Madison Wamboldt rated it it was amazing
Who is Jane Goodall by Roberta Edwards is about this young girl who gets a gift from her parents and it's a stuffed monkey named Jubilee and from that day on she knew what she wanted to do with her life.

I loved this book because well, my favorite animal is a chimp so I was interested on how she survived most of the time alone with them and how the interacted with her. And it also gives you facts about how monkeys and chimps have a lot in common. We have more things in common than a mouse does w
Liz W
May 22, 2014 Liz W rated it liked it
This was a very interesting book. When I started it I had no idea who Jane Goodall was. She was a very interesting person. I admire how she kept working towards her goals and started studying chimps in Africa without a college degree. She went to collage later and got a degree and kept studying chimps. All the chimps seemed nice and cuddly at first but then towards the end of the book Jane discovered that they are very violent as well. It was kinda sad. Overall i think this was a pretty good ...more
Mar 03, 2016 Zoe rated it really liked it
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Gavin Buersken
Nov 19, 2014 Gavin Buersken rated it really liked it
If you like animals you will like who is Jane Goodall. This book is about a woman who studies chimpanzees. One thing I liked about the book was that when is was hurt by a chimpanzee she never gave up learning about them. She studied and learned about chimpanzees her whole life. What I liked about the book the best was that she was with them so much that the chimps thought she was family. Another thing I liked about her was she never really wanted fame she just wanted to learn about chinps. Only ...more
Reanna Borgen
May 19, 2016 Reanna Borgen rated it really liked it
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Heather K
Feb 14, 2015 Heather K rated it liked it
I thought thus book was okay. I thought it needed more facts on her family. On Jane's 4th birthday mom got another child named Judy. In the 1940s Jane moved into a home , where she spent the rest of her childhood there. By the time Jane was 8 her father became apart from her mom, her, and her sister. Jane was in a club with her sister, and some friends, Jane was known to be the bossy one because she had so many rules, and was the leader of the group of course. One her favorite things to do was ...more
Ashley Ramirez
May 10, 2016 Ashley Ramirez rated it it was amazing
" Who Was Jane Goodall?" Roberta Edwards By is a great book Jane's story is so interesting.

I would give this book a 4/5 stars because it was pretty good throughout the entire book.Jane is such an amazing girl, born in London. She has been studying the thing she loves for the longest time and in this book it shows you how she got to the place where she now follows her dreams.

I would recommend this book to people who like animals and enjoy learning about famous people from our past or present who
Haruka Furuta
Jul 16, 2015 Haruka Furuta rated it really liked it
2, 7/14 10 min 7/15 70 min
3, toy, Jubilee, nature, malaria, observation, chimpanzees, college degree
4,a) the chimp mothers gave their babies lots of love and attention. She neglected her daughter,Pom.
b) I did not know about even chimpanzee has some problems of child neglect between parents and their children.
5, From this book I learned how to research on zoology. furthermore, because of deforestation, animal such as chimpanzee lost place to live and number of chi
Feb 22, 2016 Abby rated it really liked it
This book was pretty good! It gave a lot of interesting information about Jane Goodal. I love animals so I thought it was really interesting how she went to live with monkeys and learn about there life. The pictures where really unique and helped a lot with the story. I thought it was cool when the chimps actually came to her camp and just liked to hang out with her. I think it would be really cool to go out and life with the wildlife and discover new things about them. I recommend this book to ...more
Victoria Drob
Sep 15, 2015 Victoria Drob rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Victoria by: Julia Drob
Reading this series along with my 8-year-old. Most of the books in the series have been pretty dull, which is odd given the great subject matters. This one, however, has been the most interesting of those we've read thus far. My daughter has even gone back to re-read it a few times. Great intro series for elementary school kids with many relevant and interesting facts scattered throughout to keep a child's interest. I've learned some stuff too.
May 19, 2016 Emma rated it it was amazing
This was by far my favorite Who was/ who is book I have read yet. Jane was such an interesting woman. She was also very brave too. I can't believe she just decided to live in the wild with no fear of what the chimps could do. I would be afraid. It was interesting learning about her life there. I didn't think she would get married to Hugo, but I guess it worked out and they had Scrub. I liked this book very much.
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