Childhood play and a love for the outdoors would be the precursor for a life of adventures and encounters in the wild.
Little Jane loved to be outside where the birds made their nests, the spiders spun their webs and the squirrels playfully chased one another. Through careful observations, she learned all she could about the animals and plants in her backyard. Jane was at one with nature; a magical world full of joy and wonder. In her favourite tree she would sit, captivated by the story of Tarzan of the Apes and dreaming about a life living with and helping the animals in the jungles of Africa. One day she would have to dream no more as the wildest of childhood fantasies would become a wonderful reality…
Patrick McDonnell presents a heartwarming, simple and accessible portrait of a tree-climbing and nature-loving young girl who would grow-up to become a celebrated primatologist, conservationist, environmentalist, humanitarian and the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees.
Simple text and wonderful artwork, including Jane’s childhood drawings and sketches, and a magical photograph of an incredible moment between woman and chimpanzee, will inspire readers to follow their own passions as dreams really do come true. Further information and a personal message form Jane are lovely inclusions at the end.
Jane’s love, curiosity and respect for the natural world leaps off of every page: hiding in the chicken coop to observe the miracle of an egg being laid to being the founder member of the Aligator Society; creating animal puzzles to journaling and sketching everything she learnt; lying on the grass with a beaming smile to resting her cheek against the tree she named Beech so she could feel the sap flowing beneath the bark.
Young children will love learning learn about an amazing and inspiring women whose passion led to a marvellous career and whose discoveries and understandings were groundbreaking. A glorious introductory biographical picture book that celebrates the childhood of an amazing woman!
Recommended for 4+.