The Moving True Story of a Young Jane Goodall From New York Times Bestselling Author and Illustrator Patrick McDonnell

“Inspirational … wonderful.”
The Horn Book, starred review

Me … Jane   
Written and Illustrated by Patrick McDonnell

With his characteristic heartwarming style, award-winning author and illustrator Patrick McDonnell tells the story of a young Jane Goodall and how she followed her passion to become one of the world's most inspiring women. In Me … Jane, the little girl observes the natural world around her with wonder, her special childhood toy chimpanzee at her side, dreaming of going to Africa to begin “a life living with, and helping, all animals.”

As grown-ups know and children will delight to learn, young Jane fully realized her dream and became Dr. Jane Goodall, a world-renowned primatologist, humanitarian, environmentalist, and United Nations Messenger of Peace. In addition, this year marks the 20th anniversary of Roots & Shoots, the dedicated youth program of the Jane Goodall Institute that has inspired kids all over the world to help the environment just like Jane.

Patrick McDonnell’s gorgeous artwork and elegant prose make Me … Jane stand out as a beautiful and accessible nonfiction book for children. A long-time supporter of animal welfare, Patrick worked with Dr. Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute to ensure Me … Jane was accurate, and incorporate her real childhood photos and sketches into the book. Concluding with a short biography and a special message from Jane herself, Me … Jane shows young readers that with determination, you really can make your dreams come true.

Patrick McDonnell is the author and illustrator of numerous picture books including the New York Times bestselling The Gift of Nothing and Hug Time. Patrick is also the creator of the beloved internationally syndicated comic strip MUTTS. He lives in New Jersey and you can visit him online at

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Me … Jane
Written and Illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
April 2011
Ages 3-6 / $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-316-04546-9
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers /


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