Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Jim Ottaviani returns with an actionpacked account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas These three groundbreaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology—and to our own understanding of ourselvesTackling 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

10 thoughts on “Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Biruté Galdikas

  1. Jessica Jessica says:

    So many mixed feelings about this book.

    I'll start with the good:
    Yay! Women scientists! At times funny and fascinating. I learned things. I had no idea that Louis Leakey helped secure the funding for Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall and got them their starts in field research. I had never heard of Galdikas or her research with Orangutans. I learned about their sign

  2. Calista Calista says:

    This is similar to Charlie's Angels if they were scientists. Louis, a scientist enlists the help of 3 brilliant women to study great primates. They go out and become part of the primate pack and bring back lots of data. The 3 women weave in and out together from time to time. The story is mostly told in 3 parts and each women gets a part.

    Jane Goodall is recruited first

  3. First Second Books First Second Books says:

    One of the questions that we frequently get asked about this book is: is it nonfiction?

    The answer is: it’s difficult to tell!

    Primates is ostensibly a nonfiction biography about three different women who work with primates – Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas. It tells about their lives and their work, and the author and the illustrator both did

  4. Lauren Lauren says:

    Primates is an ambitious book that largely succeeds at giving a slice of life look to three amazing scientists and their contributions to primatology.

    Birute Galdikas, Jane Goodall, and Dian Fossey in the field

    I was familiar with Good

  5. Roya Roya says:

    A perfect example of a good idea that's poorly executed. Things ended on a vague note and I'm not sure how I feel about it. Is it or isn't it nonfiction? This book (I believe) set out to make people more aware of female scientists, but in the end I was left not knowing what was true and what wasn't.

  6. Brigid ✩ Brigid ✩ says:

    So, my little sister was reading this and I picked it up last night because it looked cute and interesting––so then I went and read the whole thing, of course.

    I already knew a bit about Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, but I don't think I'd ever heard of Biruté Galdikas. This book is a fascinating look into all of their lives and the fearless and groundbreaking work they did

  7. Karen Karen says:

    I so wanted to love this book! The artwork is fantastic, and the three scientists (Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas) come across as individual personalities, each admirable, tough, and dedicated in her own way.

    Unfortunately, as other reviewers have pointed out, there are some problems. My biggest beef is the parroted belief of Louis Leakey that women are better in t

  8. Wanda Wanda says:

    When I put a hold on this book through my public library, I had no idea that it was a graphic novel meant for teenagers. All that registered for me was that it was a new book about my personal hero, Jane Goodall, as well as two other admired women, Dian Fossey and Birute Galikas.

    It is a graphic novel, so it doesn't take long to read--maybe an hour or so. I would consider it to be a

  9. Elizabeth A Elizabeth A says:

    When I was in primary school, we had to read a book titled Great Men and Women. Do I need to mention that Gandhi was the only person of color in the book? At least there were two women: Marie Curie and Florence Nightingale. I am glad that times have changed in that respect, and that young people can find books that are somewhat more representative today.

    In my home the name Leakey wa

  10. Seth T. Seth T. says:


    When my daughter was two, we watched a lot of David Attenborough documentaries. Planet Earth especially. She named the polar bear trio in the first episode after her, her mother, and her infant brother—I, the pap

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