For fans of Ada Twist: Scientist comes a fascinating picture book biography of a pioneering female scientist--who loved reptiles!Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, young Joan Procter entertained the most unusual party guests: slithery and scaly ones, who turned over teacups and crawled past the crumpets.... While other girls played with dolls, Joan preferred the company of reptiles. She carried her favorite lizard with her everywhere--she even brought a crocodile to school!When Joan grew older, she became the Curator of Reptiles at the British Museum. She went on to design the Reptile House at the London Zoo, including a home for the rumored-to-be-vicious komodo dragons. There, just like when she was a little girl, Joan hosted children's tea parties--with her komodo dragon as the guest of honor.With a lively text and vibrant illustrations, scientist and writer Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala bring to life Joan Procter's inspiring story of passion and determination....
|Title||:||Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles|
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Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles Reviews
This is a fascinating non-fiction picture book biography about Joan Procter, a lady who was born in 1897 in London England, and who grew up to become the head curator of the Natural History Museum's reptile & fish department and the curator of reptiles, as well as the designer of the Reptile House, at the London Zoo.
It's beautifully written and the illustrations by Felicita Sala fit this story well.
The kids loved it and voted to give it 5 stars.
Great for: kids who love reptiles, komodo drago ...more
What a woman! I had never heard of Joan Procter before reading this book. Biographies for kids introduce me to so many fascinating people, and I always feel a kinship with those who study animals. I love the stylized illustrations in this one, but most of all I'm intrigued by Joan and I plan on learning more about her. This is a great choice for young animal lovers and it includes a mini biography with photographs of Joan at the end, as well as a bibliography.
Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy.
Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor is my favorite non-fiction kids book of all time! An extremely well written and beautifully illustrated account of a girl that wasn’t like the rest. (Also an example of a girl that struggled with health issues and still lived to the fullest). I’ll be gifting this book to my child’s teacher soon!
With a touch of humor, this biography follows the path of a girl who was different, one who was fascinated by reptiles. Like these creatures, she was unique, quiet, and interesting. When the Komodo dragon was discovered, it inspired curiosity and fear. Joan, not only led the way in studying this creature, but bravely administered to a sick giant lizard, attracting the attention of the public.
Joan’s love of reptiles clearly comes through in the text and illustrations. This is a great story for a ...more
The author weaves a great true story about a fascinating, trailblazing young woman who loved reptiles. In the 1920s, she became a world-renowned expert who ran the London Zoo's reptile house and, apparently without a lot of formal training, could perform delicate surgeries on dangerous reptiles. The story of her relationships with the Komodo dragons, and how she helped to educate people about them, will be particularly compelling to young readers. And the illustrations are eye-popping and beauti ...more
The world needs more picture books about female scientists and JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR is an excellent addition! This book follows Joan from her first experiences with reptiles as a young girl to her work at the Natural History Museum and on to her role as curator of reptiles at the London Zoo. Most touching is her friendship with Sumbawa, a Komodo dragon she helped nurse to health. Kids will love learning about this impressive character as they imagine what it might be like to have tea with ...more
This is an interesting story of an early woman scientist that isn't commonly known about. I especially liked the sections about how growing up, Joan Procter, with her lifelong love of reptiles, wasn't the typical girl of the early 1900s.