Friday, August 28, 2020
You Can Be a Primatologist
by Jill Pruetz
32 pages; ages 4 - 8
National Geographic Children's Books, 2020
theme: animals, scientists, families
Hi! My name is Jill Pruetz, and I’m a primatologist.
Primatologists study primates, including monkeys, lemurs, and chimps. Dr. Pruetz studies chimpanzees on the African savanna, and shares tips for future primatologists. She talks about what a typical day in the field is like, what chimps like to eat, and how she observes their behaviors. All that observation means a lot of note-taking.
Dr. P asks questions, such as: how do her chimps make and use tools for hunting? and do they remember you? There’s a spread showing the stuff she carries with her into the field, and a great section on how studying primates helps protect them. And she ends with tips for how you can become a primatologist.
What I like about this book: I love the photos and how close Dr. P gets us to the chimps. And I really liked her response to the question, “does your job ever get boring?”
Beyond the Books:
Find out more about Dr. P’s research. You can read her blog posts here, and meet the members of her chimp group here.
Learn more about primates by reading a book or articles about them. Here is one place to start.
If you want to be a primatologist, you have to be good at observing and recording what animals do. So grab a notebook and binoculars (if you need them) and find an animal to observe: neighborhood squirrels, your cat or dog, birds in the trees – even ants. Write down what they do and how they do it.
Today we're joining Perfect Picture Book Friday, an event where bloggers share great picture books at Susanna Leonard Hill's website. Review copy provided by the publisher.