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Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall

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Is this book about a real woman in STEAM?

Jane Goodall, one of the most recognized scientists in the Western world, became internationally famous because of her ability to observe and connect with another species. A girl of humble beginnings and training, she made scientific breakthroughs thought impossible by more experienced field observers when she was only in her twenties. Then these animals shaped Jane's life. She began tirelessly fighting to protect the environment so that chimpanzees and other animals will continue have a place and a future on our planet. Jane Goodall continues to leave the modern world with an extraordinary legacy and has changed the scientific community forever.

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Anita Silvey




National Geographic Children's Books

Recommended Ages:

8 - 12 years

Jane Goodall

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Girls Love STEAM Review:

Additional Reader & Professional Reviews:

"Silvey (The Plant Hunters) adeptly chronicles the life of Goodall from her childhood fascination with animal behavior to her groundbreaking field research of chimpanzees in Africa and her work to preserve endangered animals’ habitats. Goodall’s brief foreword offers a persuasive call-to-action for readers to do their part to save the natural world, and Silvey’s clear, engaging narrative moves briskly through Goodall’s career.... Incorporating sidebars, bursts, maps, illustrations, and other images, the book’s handsome design makes for easy, enjoyable navigation."
-- Publisher's Weekly Starred Review

"This accessible account of [Jane Goodall's] life (with a foreword by Goodall herself) emphasizes the qualities that will likely resonate with young readers: her intelligence, sense of adventure, curiosity, and love of animals... Silvey accompanies her main narrative with informative text boxes and vivid photographs that are integral to understanding the places, people, and animals in Goodall’s life—including the chimpanzees she spent years observing. "
-- The Horn Book Magazine;

“Adventurers and outdoor lovers will identify with the life and work of Jane Goodall, compellingly presented in “Untamed,” which is filled with full color photographs, illustrations, maps, and fun nature facts.”
-- The Boston Globe

"Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodallby Anita Silvey is the fascinating story of the childhood and career of the famed scientist. With a foreword by Jane Goodall, a great many photographs of her early years and field work studying chimpanzees, a format that draws the reader in, and a carefully researched and written narrative, this is a book that will both educate and entertain young readers."

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