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Preview — Primates by Jim Ottaviani
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas
Tackling Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas ...more
The answer is: it’s difficult to tell!
Primates is ostensibly a nonfiction biography about three different women who work with primates – Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas. It tells about their lives and their work, and the author and the illustrator both did a lot of research and endeavored to be as faithful as possible to the historical realities of their subjects.
So, why is it difficult to tell ...more
I'll start with the good:
Yay! Women scientists! At times funny and fascinating. I learned things. I had no idea that Louis Leakey helped secure the funding for Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall and got them their starts in field research. I had never heard of Galdikas or her research with Orangutans. I learned about their significant findings that shook the scientific world: chimpanzees using tools and orangutans walking on the ground. The significance of thei ...more
Unfortunately, as other reviewers have pointed out, there are some problems. My biggest beef is the parroted belief of Louis Leakey that women are better in the field because they're "more perceptive and more patient than men." It would be nice if there was anything here to c ...more
It is a graphic novel, so it doesn't take long to read--maybe an hour or so. I would consider it to be a gentle introduction to the work done by three indomitable women for those who are unfamiliar with it.
I guess becaus ...more
When my daughter was two, we watched a lot of David Attenborough documentaries. Planet Earth especially. She named the polar bear trio in the first episode after her, her mother, and her infant brother—I, the papa bear, was at the office. One of our favourites though was an episode of The Life of Mammals that we found on Netflix called "Social Climbers." It's all about monkeys and it's amazing to watch. I know all kinds of animals are smart and use tools and surprise us constantly with their ing
But we all were frustrated and confused by it.
The kids (who have little to no knowledge of these women) found the narrator switch confusing and were left with lots of questions that were never answered(what did Birute sit in that hurt her? Why did Jane hike naked? What was the point of the card test? What bridge is Birute referring to with Jane? What happened to Dian?). They also didn't "get" how what th ...more
I loved this book! The three life stories of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas are told in one fascinating graphic novel. Each individual woman's story is told, how they each became interested and came to work with their respective primates. One figure, Louis Leaky, seemed to have played a role in all of their lives, the passion for their interest and work was recognized by t ...more
This book is geared towards younger audiences, but because of the subject matter and the fact that it was a comic, I had to check it out. The art is beautiful - it's simple and cute, and some of the scenes are j ...more
For me, one of the most interesting things was the belief held by Dr. Leakey that women were more patient and more suited to the p ...more
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I borrowed from this interlibrary loan, but not because I knew about the book ...more
"I suppose you think gorillas can't understand you. Of course, you also probably think we can't walk upright.
"Try knuckle walking for an hour. You tell me: Which way is more fun?"
-- from THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate
"Of course, it turns out that much of what we scientists 'discover' is well k ...more
I found it fascinating that while the scientists were dedicating their lives to observe things that had never been recorded before - much of what was discovered was already well known by local inhabitants.
The voice of each scientist is markedly different fro ...more
Another triumph from First Second! Seriously, can they do anything wrong? I don't think I've read anything from First Second that I have ...more
These biographical sketches (and they are sketches, though notes and a bibliography provi ...more
Although each story is told chronologically (except where the story of Louis Leakey's childhood interrupts the story of Jane Goodall), and this is good, but th ...more