Rickie the chimpanzee loved living with her mother in the rain forests of Central Africa, warm and safe. Until the day the hunters came, and took Rickie away to sell at a Congelese market. Luckily, she was resuced by a kind man who adopted Rickie and cared for her. Best of all, he provided an unexpected friend in his dog Henri. This true story of friendship is heart-warmingly brought to life by renowned scientist Dr. Jane Goodall.
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Renowned scientist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall grew up in southern England, where she dreamed of traveling to Africa to study its fascinating animals. In 1960 at the age of twenty-six, she realized that dream by traveling to Tanzania to observe the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park. Defying convention by giving the chimps names instead of numbers, she came to discover that chimpanzees have distinct personalities and long-lasting family bonds. Her passionate study of these magnificent animals led her to found the Gombe Research Center, as well as the Jane Goodall Institute, of which she is the scientific director. She has also invited young people to join her in preserving wildlife habitats and confronting environmental issues by developing a program called "Roots & Shoots," which boasts more than 6,000 groups registered in 87 countries. The recipient of numerous prestigious awards, Jane Goodall has written books for both adults and children.From Booklist:
*Starred Review* PreS-Gr. 3. Renowned wildlife conservationist Goodall tells a heartbreaking animal story in a powerful picture book that stays true to the experience of a baby chimpanzee in Central Africa. It begins in the wild rain forest with a full-page close-up of the baby in the loving embrace of her mother. Then a hunter shoots the mother and offers the traumatized baby for sale in a Brazzaville market. She is saved by a kind Congolese businessman. He loves her, and she loves him, but the rest of his family is hostile. While the man is at work, she bonds with Henri, the family's shaggy, brown dog. It's your archetypal abandoned foundling story, and Marks' line-and-watercolor illustrations show the baby wrenched from her mother's arms, in loving connection with a man and a dog, and, finally, with a chimp mother in a Jane Goodall orphan sanctuary. Set against softly colored backgrounds, the pictures occasionally verge on the sentimental, but few children will be able to resist the images of the small black chimp with huge, sad eyes clinging tightly to the dog, riding on his back, or curled sleeping against him. Goodall makes clear the terror and the love, and in a brief afterword she asks for readers' support in sanctuaries' work. Hazel Rochman
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