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

Author: Jim Ottaviani

Illustrator: Maris Wicks

Publisher: First Second

Grade levels: 6–8, 9–12, Higher Ed

Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Special attractions: Science, Female Lead Characters, For adults too

Following 2011’s critically-acclaimed, bestselling science biography FEYNMAN, Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three great woman primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology–and to our own understanding of ourselves.

Tackling 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. With charming and inviting illustrations by Maris Wicks, this is a nonfiction graphic novel that will appeal to a very wide variety of readers. (from publisher’s website)

Special feature on the authors from the Huffington Post, including an original series of comic strips about animals using tools:

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