Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles

Joan Procter Dragon Doctor The Woman Who Loved Reptiles 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 en

  • Title: Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles
  • Author: Patricia Valdez
  • ISBN: 9780399557262
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 preferrFor 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 rud 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.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the book comes full circle with the type of dragon Joan eventually loves. The illustrations perfectly complement the story. This book is a winner and will be a wonderful addition to a home or school library.

    3. Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study science, still she sought out the curator of reptiles and fish at the Natural History Museum rather than going to dances. With England at war, Joan was asked to work at the museum and eventually took over as curato [...]

    4. An informative and lively biography of early 20th century herpetologist Joan Proctor, this book is perfect for your budding biologist or your child with dreams of vet school. Sala’s illustrations are both contemporary in feel and evocative of the early 20th century modernist paintings of jungle florals by painters like Rousseau. The colors are rich and the reptiles twist and turn across the page. Proctor’s chronic illness is touched on in the text, and one illustration shows her wheeling her [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. From the moment I saw the cover of this book I could not wait to read it. A female scientist? Awesome. Who works with reptiles? I love it! I did not know Joan Proctor's story before reading this book, so reading it was a real treat for this science nerd. But don't let my nerd status turn you off; kids will love reading about a woman who broke down barriers and worked with Komodo Dragons back in the days "of long skirts and afternoon teas."Note: I read this as an ARC/ F & G

    11. This is must-have biography for the elementary classroom. Patricia Valdez does a fantastic job decsribing Joan Procter's contribution to science. Her story will inspire readers to pursue their dreams, even if they're quite different from their peers' goals. This would pair well with Heather Lang's Swimming with Sharks, Jeannine Atkins' Finding Wonders and Jacqueline Kelly's The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.

    12. This is a fascinating story about Joan Procter who spent her life studying animals such as lizards, snakes, and turtles. She was especially drawn to the Komodo Dragon and educated the public so others could appreciate this creature, too. Patricia Valdez did an exceptional job telling the story of this amazing woman. This is an interesting read that I would highly recommend.

    13. 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.

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