by Goodall, Jane; Daishu, Ma (ILT)

Captured by cruel hunters because her scales are believed to have curative powers, Pangolina is saved by a small girl and her mother who buy her and set her free, in this suspenseful and heartwarming picture book set in China. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Jane Goodall is a primatologist most known for her long-term study of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania. Started in 1960, Goodall's Gombe chimp observation, is the world's longest running continuous wildlife research project. Through her Jane Goodall Institute, she has become equally well known as a conservationist and a champion of human rights. Recipient of a World Wildlife Award for Conservation, the J.Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation Prize, the ASPCA's Award for Human excellence, Disney Animal Kingdom Eco Hero Award, International Peace Award, Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest, International Fund for Animal Welfare Lifetime Achievement Award, among many others, Jane Goodall is the author of a dozen children's books, including minedition's Doctor White, The Wagle & the Wren, Rickie and Henri, The Chimpanzee Children of Gombe, With Love and A Prayer for World Peace. The Jane Goodall Institute ( is a global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Goodall, inspiring people to conserve the natural world we all share. "She blazed the trail. The next steps are up to us."

A pangolin advocates for wildlife conservation through her own tale of survival and hope. Pangolina lives with her mother in a burrow. Textured illustrations detail the pangolins' scales-plus-hair appearance, engaging readers with expressive eyes whose sparkle also resonates with Ai, a girl who later saves Pangolina following her capture by an animal trafficker. A quick plot exposes facts of life for endangered species in the wild using clear, logical, and sympathetic language accessible to the youngest readers. The atmospheric artwork defines a lush nocturnal habitat and its diverse occupants, including Pangolina's friends Bat, wild pigs, and "wise Civet." It's Civet who dissects the visceral realities of animal trafficking while delving into emotional complexities that reveal the interconnectedness between animals and humans. Complementary verbal and visual narratives are compelling in their sophisticated simplicity, which offers layers of meaning, teaching moments, and opportunities for reflection. Case in point is Ai's name, which can be: the (Mandarin) Chinese word for love; a homonym for eye-the shining feature on most spreads suggesting windows to these animals' souls; a homonym for the English first-person pronoun demonstrating everyone's potential to make a difference. Comprehensive aftermatter details pangolin facts, practical action items, and resources for all ages. Human characters have tan or brown skin and dark hair with various textures; one child uses a wheelchair. Thoughtfully taps our natural capacity for empathy and kindness in caring for all creatures and our planet. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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