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
4.5 stars -- This book is an absolute delight. Young readers are introduced to Joan Procter, a woman with a passion for science and reptiles. It's great and encouraging to see these biographies of pioneering women, and inspiring to young girls who may not have traditionally "girly" interests.
It's true, this story takes place in the early 1900s and standards of animal care weren't always what they are today. As a child, Joan had a crocodile as a pet, and later in life, she didn't always seem to ...more
I love this book. And for someone not particularly fond of snakes, that's saying a lot. What I love about it, is the story of a girl who, through her passion and curiosity, brings better understanding and better treatment of reptiles to the world. Valdez is able to give us a thorough overview of Joan Procter's life and accomplishment while keeping the text brief and kid-friendly. Endnotes provide interesting added information but aren't necessary for full enjoyment and understanding of the book.
There is so much to love in JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR. First off, that title! Secondly, the illustrations are as charming as can be and really transport the reader to Joan's world. Lastly, and most important, is how much I adored learning about Joan and what she was passionate about...reptiles! The text wasn't overly simplistic, but at the same time, read as nicely as a fictional narrative without being bogged down by facts. In the back matter, I was surprised to learn about Joan's battle with ...more
What a remarkable woman! I had never heard of her until this book came along. The story about her love of reptiles was so wonderful. I had always heard how dangerous Komodo dragons were and was quite alarmed that she allowed one of hers to roam freely at events! I know they have every venomous mouths. I can't imagine anyone these days allowing the m to just walk around in crowds! Scary! But then, back in those days, parents allowed their children to ride alligators (photos are out there!) and I ...more
Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring.
Viewing the cover with Joan Proctor Dragon Doctor balancing a baby crocodile on her head, and a snake wrapping around her neck, it is true, this biography won't remain on the shelf long. Accompanied by exquisite colorful illustrations of Joan with her pet lizards as a very young girl, her biography states that her passion for snakes, and lizards, developed early. By the time she was 16-years-old she had her own pet crocodile, that she even brought to school. As an adult she became the first woma ...more
JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf).
When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it.
With “dragon” in the title, I hadn’t initially realized that this was a biography of a “trailblazing woman of science, who was an international sensation in her time and whose legacy paved the way for female zoologist around the world”. However ...more
A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me.