Silvey (The Plant Hunters) adeptly chronicles the life of Goodall from her childhood fascination with animal behavior to her groundbreaking field research of chimpanzees in Africa and her work to preserve endangered animals’ habitats. Goodall’s brief foreword offers a persuasive call-to-action for readers to do their part to save the natural world, and Silvey’s clear, engaging narrative moves briskly through Goodall’s career.... Incorporating sidebars, bursts, maps, illustrations, and other images, the book’s handsome design makes for easy, enjoyable navigation.
—Publisher's Weekly, starred review
…this biography of Jane Goodall will easily entice children… The photographs of … are beautiful, and the book is well designed and laid out with care…learning about the subject’s work in such an accessible manner will boost children’s self-confidence, especially girls with an interest in science. VERDICT An ideal purchase for science or biography collections.
—School Library Journal, starred review
This accessible account of [Jane Goodall's] life (with a foreword by Goodall herself) emphasizes the qualities that will likely resonate with young readers: her intelligence, sense of adventure, curiosity, and love of animals... Silvey accompanies her main narrative with informative text boxes and vivid photographs that are integral to understanding the places, people, and animals in Goodall’s life—including the chimpanzees she spent years observing.
—The Horn Book
Untamed features dozens of colorful images and engaging stories of the famous scientist.
—The Washington Post
[A]n excellent biography for ages 8-12 and will have special appeal for visual learners. The design, format, photographs of Goodall as a child and in the field, other illustrations and Anita Silvey's carefully researched and well-written narrative all do justice to the fascinating story of the gifted scientist.
—Elizabeth Kennedy, About.com