You Are a Star, Jane Goodall

Scholastic. Apr. 2023. 40p. pap. $8.99. ISBN 9781338680126.
Gr 3-5–In a charming first-person narration, Jane Goodall states how she went to Tanzania to study chimpanzees, but that at first, they kept running away from her. After spending some time on how she grew up in England, she was offered a chance to study chimpanzees when visiting Africa. Goodall grabbed the opportunity and went to Tanzania. The book covers her founding of research centers, travels, and the other significant discoveries and events that have made her the expert she remains to this day. Vivid, colorful cartoon drawings range from full page with a white panel for text and two smaller panels at the bottom calling out additional facts or ideas. Some pages are just a few panels with text in the white space. The back matter includes an author’s note, time line, and bibliography.
VERDICT Easy and engaging, this is an energetic biography in a pleasing format and a strong first purchase.

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