Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall

96p. chron. filmog. further reading. index. maps. notes. photos. reprods. National Geographic. Jun. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781426315183; lib. ed. $28.90. ISBN 9781426315190. LC 2014017715.
RedReviewStarGr 4–8—Featuring gorgeous, full-color photographs; primary sources; and fun nature facts, this biography of Jane Goodall will easily entice children. Goodall is presented as inspiring and intelligent as well as down-to-earth in her personality and methods. Silvey focuses on the scientist's relationship to the chimpanzees she studied, and also discusses the anthropologist's trajectory from curious young girl to respected scientist (black-and-white childhood photos and anecdotes add to the appeal). Sidebars provide additional material, such as brief profiles of her mentor, Louis Leakey, and her mother. The photographs of Goodall and her primate friends are beautiful, and the book is well designed and laid out with care. The writing is clear and concise, and learning about the subject's work in such an accessible manner will boost children's self-confidence, especially girls with an interest in science.
VERDICT An ideal purchase for science or biography collections.

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