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Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2016-04-24 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 31 user ratings
ISBN:1250062934
LANGUAGE:English

"Id like to be clear i am not just unhappy because i was expecting this to be a suitable science book for young kids. Even when viewing it with an older audience in mind, I was not impressed.

If you want a short summary of their lives, this book is excellent. And the art style is very endearing. Its not unpleasant to read by any means.

But it reads like an autobiography. Jane did this. Jane said that. Jane went home.

Also, and there is no good way the author could avoid some of this, we are talking about the 1960s and Leaky. It goes out of its way to mention with both Goodall and Fossey that Leaky flat-out said he was only hiring them because they are women and studying chimp is womens work because they are soft, patient, and passive. That may very well be true, i dont know, but its not something i want to program a younger reader with. It also discusses wives being jealous and women needing chaperones because Goodall, because Leaky showed such an intense interest in her when she had no credentials, was suspected of picking her for lets call it extra-curricular reasons. its just a very awkward couple of comments that seem very out of place. My skin crawled and this book will never see the light of day, unless someone has to do a book report and only has 2 hours before class.
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"Primates is a three part graphic novel briefly describing the work of three of the greatest primatologists to ever wear the job title: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. All of these women were students of the renowned archaeologist Louis Leakey, who saw that each possessed that special something necessary to persevere in the study of primates and their similarities to people." said.

"Was purchased for an 8 year old boy who loved it. Was one of his favorite Xmas gifts." said.

"I was actually very bored with this book as there was so little about Primates. I've read Goodall picture books that taught me way more of humans and other animals. I'm not against bio-comics. It should've been great on these 3 remarkable people, but actually there was little about the heroines too. Just how they got their jobs, office talk, packing for Africa - boring! With the exception of the Jane section, the author didn't dig deep into who these people are/were, and showed us so little about how they interacted with our cousin primates. I don't think this book would interest kids or adults." said.

"A must read. Only thing I didn't like was too many superlatives. Highly informing and vivid detail. A thoroughly enjoyable read." said.

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