Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles

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Random House Children's Books, Mar 13, 2018 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
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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.

A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year selection
 

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User Review  - jennybeast - LibraryThing

Fantastic short picture book biography of Joan Proctor -- a woman who loved reptiles and went on to study and advocate for them. I enjoyed the illustrations, I enjoyed learning about Joan. Read full review

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User Review  - sweetiegherkin - LibraryThing

Even as a young child, Joan loved reptiles from lizards to crocodiles and everything in between. Later in life, she had the opportunity to work at the London Zoo, designing and maintaining the Reptile ... Read full review

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Patricia Valdez is a scientist who loves writing for children. She earned her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley and currently works at the National Institutes of Health. Originally from Texas, she now lives in the Washington, D.C. area. This is her first picture book.

Felicita Sala is a self taught illustrator who studied Philosophy at the University of Western Australia. She has worked on several animation projects, but her passion is making picture books. Felicita lives in Rome with her husband and their daughter. Visit her online at FelicitaSala.com, FelicitaSala.blogspot.com, and Instagram.com/felicita.sala/

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