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
The first things that caught my eye when I opened the book were the endpages— they are superb! The color palette of the book and design suits the time period and story.
This heroic story of Joan proctor started as a young girl’s fascination with reptiles. She pursued her passion which inspired her to study, educate and share her knowledge of reptiles. The text tells the story of Joan’s life while the illustrations fill in the details— bringing her to life for the reader.
I've been reading many picture book biographies lately, and this one definitely stands out. Joan Proctor loved reptiles as a child--studying them, caring for them, watching them, even having tea parties with them! As an adult, she became the first female curator at the Reptile House of the London Zoo. She did a lot of work with Komodo dragons. They were highly misunderstood at the time, and she introduced them to the world as the gentle creatures they are. In her short life, Joan became world re ...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
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 liked to invite slithery and scaly guests to her tea parties – she even had a pet baby crocodile! When she gets older, Joan works at the natural history museum and takes care of the reptiles at the London Zoo – including real, live, Komodo dragons! Joan's tea parties come full circle at the end of the book, where a dragon is the guest of honor! A fun biography highlighting the life of a pioneering female zoologist! I especially love the illustrations – such beautiful textures and co ...more
This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter’s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical information for parents/older kids, as well as scientific background on Komodo dragons. I enjoyed the lively illustrations, although at times the style seemed a bit flat and inconsistent — some illustrations are much m ...more
This is the delightful and true story of scientist Joan Procter. Joan always loved reptiles and WWII staffing shortages presented her with a unique opportunity to assist the curator of the Natural History Museum. From their she grows and excels in her talents, publishing papers, helping to design a new reptile house and more. This book has it all: a passionate woman scientist, gorgeous illustrations, and real-life dragons.
I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful.
[Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two students who are crouching close to see it also look like young children, not women from a high school class].
A delightful book that I think many kids would enjoy. It is also an inspiring story for girls who may wish to p ...more