My Life with the Chimpanzees
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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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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.
"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...more
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
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
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.
Roots & Shoots
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...more
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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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...more
Tushitha Jujjuri
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...more
"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...more
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
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)
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
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.
Mar 19, 2007 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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!
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
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
Li Wen
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.
One of my prized books is this one - signed by Jane Goodall herself. I met her briefly following a lecture she gave many years ago at the University of Toronto. I was in awe, and while many had much more expensive books for her to sign...I didn't have much money on me, and this was the smallest and cheapest book she had for sale that night - so it has followed me on all my travels and I won't part with it.

I was most struck by her calm demeanor, and I remember telling her I was just starting my...more
Full of Hope

This book was incredible in countless ways. I think that this book was published from hope. You need to read this.
I might be predjudice, but I love these kind of books. This one I found especillay nice, as Jane Goodall herself was the narrator (reading the audio book). The only complaint is, that it's too short. I wanted to hear much more and in much greater detail. To me it sounds a little like, they wanted to do an autobiography and have rushed the job a bit. I wish they'd taken their time and given it a bit more. This aside, what's there is very entertaining and worthy of your time.
I really love this book!!!
It’s a nice short read, and had me either smiling or frowning on every page.
Absolutely full of interesting stories of Janes childhood which was very fascinating and exciting, and of her researching days which I am so envy of.
This is the first book that I have read from Jane Goodall’s and have vowed that I now read every single one.
I liked this book. It was about this woman who had always wanted to study animals. Her dream came true, when she went traveling to Africa to study animals. In particular, chimpanzees. She stayed for a very long time to study them and did what she has always wanted to do. It was a cool book, which explained all her great adventures and ideas..
Nicole Jacob
Definitely written for a 12 and under audience, which is good and not so good. The excellent parts are anecdotes about the chimps and Jane's re telling of how she felt
about the animals and how she followed her passion. I felt the book got a little preachy at times, especially the end.

Great read for kids. As an adult you'll be wanting more.
Emma Debruyne
The inspiring story of my real-life heroine. Jane Goodall is an inspiration for all who want to make a difference in this world.
"We are probably a long, long way from a world without cruelty. But I think we can all help, at least a little bit, to make it less cruel. We can all try to put right the things closest to home."
I thought that this book was very well written. I really learned lot about Jane Goodall, and many other people who study animal behavior. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves animals (especially chimpanzees!) and is against animal cruelty. It is very well paced, and very enjoyable.
Aug 24, 2008 Devon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dr. Jane fans
Recommended to Devon by: My english teacher
My life with the Chimpanzees is an awesome book! Easily the best autobiography i've read (i've only read this one, btw.). My school loves to study her, so i read this for an english assignment. Very easy to do a book report on! Haha. It was awesome learning about Dr. Jane's life.
Andd Becker
Ethologist Jane Goodall, who has a doctorate in ethology, presents her autobiography and numerous chimpanzee behavior stories for readers ages eight to 12. Readers will enjoy seeing the names of chimpanzees: Flo, Flint, Fifi, Figan, Faben, Flame, Freud, Frodo, Fanni, Flossi, and others.
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