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My Life with the Chimpanzees

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From the time Jane Goodall was a little girl, she dreamed of a life spent working with animals. After years of study, at 23, she made her first voyage to Africa and began to achieve her goal of studying animals by living among them. She shares the extraordinary tales of her many expeditions braving the dangers of the jungle and encounters with leopards and lions in the Afr ...more
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Published February 1st 2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks (first published March 1st 1988)
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Mar 14, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great read because it let you into the wonderful world of Chimpanzees! It was interesting to learn so many things about chimps throughout the book and to hear about Jane's adventures. Before reading this book I knew that Chimpanzees were very similar to humans, but I didn't know very much. I also didn't know much about Jane. Now I know so much about both. I think that it is amazing how Jane had a love for animals her whole life and how she was dedicated to her work. It is also am ...more
Feb 25, 2008 Painting rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 18, 2016 Anand Ganapathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Ashley Knights
Jan 08, 2017 Ashley Knights rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this as my Book 1 of Popsugar's 2017 Reading Challenge (, "a book written by someone you admire." This was a short, easy read by Jane Goodall about her work in Africa. And now I'm wishing all over again that I had a more interesting and adventurous career.
Learning With Passion
Her life, in her own words, Jane Goodall truly is an inspiration to all! If you or your child loves animals, this is the most amazing book that walks you through Jane's life as she observes the behaviour of animals and eventually chimps. She shows how anyone can make a difference in the world and that we have to at least try when we see that something isn't right.
Apr 29, 2015 Thaynes4 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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.
Scooping it Up
Jane Goodall is magic. This book was a treasure from start to finish. She speaks right to her young readers without talking down to them. She uses this book to accomplish two things 1) to explain to her fans and young readers why and how she went into her work with chimpanzees. How her passion and strengths as a child and teen funneled into her making goals for herself on which she never gave up. She simply worked for the right kind of opportunities and jumped at chances to do what she wanted ev ...more
"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
Marina Branch
Feb 11, 2016 Marina Branch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 12, 2015 Venus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa Arvidsson
It is interesting to read about Jane Goodall's life, and the views she share, but as a reading experience it wasn't fun, the language was way too simple. However, I assume this is written so that everyone can take part of her experiences and it is easy and quick to read though. And everyone should.
Jun 05, 2012 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Addy McConville
Jane Goodall grew up in England. Jane Goodall is the main character. She loves to study animals and play outside. She longed for the days where she could go out and play all day long. She waited for the school day to be over so she could go and observe animals. When she grew up all she wanted to do was study the animals in Africa. She worked long and hard and she finally made enough money to go to Africa. Jane got a job working at a museum in Africa. Louis was her boss. Louis know a lot about Af ...more
Dec 14, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jane Goodall's book gives us a glance into her world of understanding chimpanzees and provides ideas of how we can help the world be a better place. Highly recommend this book because it clearly is an eye opener. We can be a Jane Goodall, each in our own way before habitats and species are destroyed forever.
Jan 13, 2017 Makenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book because, it gave me a personal view on how Jane's experience was. I didn't love it, or hate it. I was somewhere in between because I got a little board of the book. At the same time it was full of action, but a little to packed of energy. She was is in Africa so what else would you expect. I picked this book up, because when my teacher explained it, it sounded like it was a 'always on the edge of your seat' kind of book. Readers who prefer memoirs would enjoy this. I'm ...more
Re-read for my NHD Project. I read that in less than 5 hours. Sheesh - I am braindead.
Tushitha Jujjuri
Oct 06, 2012 Tushitha Jujjuri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Zachary Garland
read it in 2015. Does not count
Jan 29, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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"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
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
Roots & Shoots
Aug 19, 2009 Roots & Shoots rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 30, 2013 Luisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Johanna H.
Jun 03, 2014 Johanna H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 02, 2014 Emilie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kaitlyn Burress
Jan 16, 2013 Kaitlyn Burress rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 17, 2011 Jafar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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