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

Book - 2013
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This is the true story of three scientists who risked their lives for research that forever changed the way we think of primates -- including ourselves.
Publisher: New York :, First Second,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596438651
Branch Call Number: J GRAPHIC 599 OTT
Characteristics: 133 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Wicks, Maris


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These true stories follow the lives of three scientists who each uncovered groundbreaking research about primates.

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Nov 20, 2018

It is so amazing and inspiring for me to know that these women all worked hard and fought for what they felt and thought was right. THANK YOU!!!!!!!

Nov 18, 2018

I hadn't realized that these three amazing women all knew each other. They have done amazing things for conservation and this was a great way to show their lives and the lives of the animals they studied.

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_CraigG 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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