The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas

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Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology--and to our own understanding of ourselves.
Tackling Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas in turn, and covering the highlights of their respective careers, Primates is an accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable women scientists of the twentieth century. Thanks to the charming and inviting illustrations by Maris Wicks, this is a nonfiction graphic novel with broad appeal.

Publisher: New York : First Second, c2013.
ISBN: 9781596438651
Characteristics: 133 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wicks, Maris


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GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 17, 2017

The true tale of three pioneering researchers and their contributions to our understanding of the natural world. Good for budding primatologists, nature lovers, girl-power story seekers, and kids with a biography assignment due in three days.

Jul 04, 2017

An EXCELLENT telling of Jane Goodall's life works and beyond. Intimate knowledge is shared about the incredible people studying the primates, the terrible conditions which the endured, the awe they witnessed and much more. A beautiful deep dive into the world of primates, their observer's and the science discovered.

multcolib_susannel Aug 08, 2016

Straightforward story of three women who dedicated their lives to studying gorillas, chimps and orangutans.
The illustrations are clean and simple and engaging. It makes the reader want to find out more.

Apr 30, 2016

That's the kind of art I like in graphic novels, it reminded me of Raina Telgemeier for some reason. I'd known the story of Jane Goodall, but it was nice to learn about the two other normal-women-turned-scientists. It's a short summary on their experiences with the primates in different parts of Africa and Asia.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 26, 2015

Primates captures the fascinating study of several great ape species in the 1960's and 70's. Three women—Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas—found their calling and approached their research in very different ways.

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Cynthia_N Oct 01, 2014

I really believe we need more nonfiction graphic novels. This was a quick read but I finished the book with a desire to know more about these women. Great for pulling in reluctant readers.

BCD2013 Jun 06, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Ottaviani's text and Wicks's art bring these pioneering women scientists to life.
- Selection Team

m2 Dec 28, 2013

Quick but fascinating look at the lives of 3 amazing primate researchers all set up by Louis Leakey in their respective study locations: Jane Goodall (chimpanzees), Dian Fossey (moutain gorillas), and Birute Galdikas (orangutans). I have always loved hearing about larger primates -- this was however an introduction to graphics for me on a topic I consider essential reading -- Loved it!

MORE from Jim Ottaaviani and Maris Wicks would be great!

Mark_Daly Sep 13, 2013

This tripartite biography vividly dramatizes the determination and sacrifice that are necessary to excel in science and make important discoveries. If you only have a passing acquaintance with these remarkable women, you will likely finish this book amazed and inspired. The scenes are well-chosen and nicely depicted. The sexism each faced is alluded to but prudently kept offstage (presumably for the sake of younger readers). The facts of Fossey's demise are also elided, however, which leaves an odd hole in the story. An author's afterward undermines the book's impact by cautioning that "some of what you read is fiction" without citing specific scenes.

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