by Patrick McDonnell (Little Brown, 2011) Ages 3 to 7 Jane had a stuffed toy chimpanzee named Jubilee.
So begins this deceptively simple and lovely story
of the young girl who would grow up to be famed primatologist, environmentalist, and humanitarian Dr. Jane Goodall. Join Jane and Jubilee as they play outside, climb trees, observe nature, and dream of a life in Africa ... a life living with, and helping, all animals. McDonnell is a master storyteller and Me...Jane
is no exception. The last page, where a photograph of a grown-up Jane touching a real chimpanzee substitutes for the author's whimsical artwork, had me in tears. Dreams really do come true.