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 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 preferr For fans of Ada Twist: Scientist comes a fascinating picture book biography of a pioneering female scientist--who lov...

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Title:Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles
Author:Patricia Valdez
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0399557261
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:40 pages pages

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles Reviews

  • Kristy
    Mar 27, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

    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 stud...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez. PICTURE BOOK. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. $18. 9780399557255 BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Joan Proctor was fascinated by reptiles from a very early age. She had many reptile pe...

    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 ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

  • Kathryn
    Mar 07, 2019

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

  • Robyn Schultz
    Apr 16, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

    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 stud...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez. PICTURE BOOK. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. $18. 9780399557255 BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Joan Proctor was fascinated by reptiles from a very early age. She had many reptile pe...

    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 ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

  • Kirsten
    Apr 03, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

  • Tasha
    Mar 03, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

    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 stud...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez. PICTURE BOOK. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. $18. 9780399557255 BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Joan Proctor was fascinated by reptiles from a very early age. She had many reptile pe...

    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 ...

  • Barbara
    Mar 31, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

    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 stud...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

  • Melissa Stoller
    Nov 30, 2017

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

  • Clementine
    Apr 13, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

    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 stud...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

  • Linnea
    Feb 08, 2019

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

    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 stud...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez. PICTURE BOOK. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. $18. 9780399557255 BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Joan Proctor was fascinated by reptiles from a very early age. She had many reptile pe...

    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 ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    an amazing glimpse into the life of a rad lady doing rad things! A true pioneer in the world of early natural history. ...

    Beautiful illustrations and a great story about a woman who broke from convention to further knowledge and science, ahead of her time. ...

  • Shauna Yusko
    Aug 11, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

    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 stud...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez. PICTURE BOOK. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. $18. 9780399557255 BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Joan Proctor was fascinated by reptiles from a very early age. She had many reptile pe...

    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 ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

  • Sunday Cummins
    Mar 09, 2019

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

    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 stud...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez. PICTURE BOOK. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. $18. 9780399557255 BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Joan Proctor was fascinated by reptiles from a very early age. She had many reptile pe...

    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 ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    an amazing glimpse into the life of a rad lady doing rad things! A true pioneer in the world of early natural history. ...

    Beautiful illustrations and a great story about a woman who broke from convention to further knowledge and science, ahead of her time. ...

    This is a superlative picture book biography of an interesting woman who became a herpetologist in the 1920's, when women were thought incapable of doing such a job. What I especially like is the believable description of Procter as a young girl - how she loved reptiles and followed he...

    4.5 stars -- This book is an absolute delight. Young readers are introduced to Joan Procter, a woman with a passion for science and reptiles. It's great and encouraging to see these biographies of pioneering women, and inspiring to young girls who may not have traditionally "girly" int...

    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, ...

    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...

    Read this aloud in K-3 and tie into NGSS; also use as a mentor text for students in grades 3-5. A delightful (and well written) narrative about the life of a curious woman. There's so many ways you could use this with students. In grades k-3, I'd read aloud and then read aloud agai...

  • Laura Harrison
    Apr 20, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

  • Manybooks
    Mar 03, 2019

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

  • Peacegal
    May 30, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

    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 stud...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez. PICTURE BOOK. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. $18. 9780399557255 BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Joan Proctor was fascinated by reptiles from a very early age. She had many reptile pe...

    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 ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    an amazing glimpse into the life of a rad lady doing rad things! A true pioneer in the world of early natural history. ...

    Beautiful illustrations and a great story about a woman who broke from convention to further knowledge and science, ahead of her time. ...

    This is a superlative picture book biography of an interesting woman who became a herpetologist in the 1920's, when women were thought incapable of doing such a job. What I especially like is the believable description of Procter as a young girl - how she loved reptiles and followed he...

    4.5 stars -- This book is an absolute delight. Young readers are introduced to Joan Procter, a woman with a passion for science and reptiles. It's great and encouraging to see these biographies of pioneering women, and inspiring to young girls who may not have traditionally "girly" int...

  • Cheryl
    Mar 12, 2019

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

  • Sara - thelookingglassreads
    Nov 16, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

  • Sarah Lynne
    Dec 18, 2017

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

  • KC
    May 09, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

  • Martha
    May 16, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

    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 stud...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez. PICTURE BOOK. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. $18. 9780399557255 BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Joan Proctor was fascinated by reptiles from a very early age. She had many reptile pe...

    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 ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    an amazing glimpse into the life of a rad lady doing rad things! A true pioneer in the world of early natural history. ...

    Beautiful illustrations and a great story about a woman who broke from convention to further knowledge and science, ahead of her time. ...

    This is a superlative picture book biography of an interesting woman who became a herpetologist in the 1920's, when women were thought incapable of doing such a job. What I especially like is the believable description of Procter as a young girl - how she loved reptiles and followed he...

    4.5 stars -- This book is an absolute delight. Young readers are introduced to Joan Procter, a woman with a passion for science and reptiles. It's great and encouraging to see these biographies of pioneering women, and inspiring to young girls who may not have traditionally "girly" int...

    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, ...

  • Cathy Mealey
    Mar 20, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

    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 stud...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez. PICTURE BOOK. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. $18. 9780399557255 BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Joan Proctor was fascinated by reptiles from a very early age. She had many reptile pe...

    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 ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    an amazing glimpse into the life of a rad lady doing rad things! A true pioneer in the world of early natural history. ...

    Beautiful illustrations and a great story about a woman who broke from convention to further knowledge and science, ahead of her time. ...

    This is a superlative picture book biography of an interesting woman who became a herpetologist in the 1920's, when women were thought incapable of doing such a job. What I especially like is the believable description of Procter as a young girl - how she loved reptiles and followed he...

    4.5 stars -- This book is an absolute delight. Young readers are introduced to Joan Procter, a woman with a passion for science and reptiles. It's great and encouraging to see these biographies of pioneering women, and inspiring to young girls who may not have traditionally "girly" int...

    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, ...

    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...

    Read this aloud in K-3 and tie into NGSS; also use as a mentor text for students in grades 3-5. A delightful (and well written) narrative about the life of a curious woman. There's so many ways you could use this with students. In grades k-3, I'd read aloud and then read aloud agai...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

  • Cathy Mealey
    Mar 28, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

    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 stud...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez. PICTURE BOOK. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. $18. 9780399557255 BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Joan Proctor was fascinated by reptiles from a very early age. She had many reptile pe...

    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 ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    an amazing glimpse into the life of a rad lady doing rad things! A true pioneer in the world of early natural history. ...

    Beautiful illustrations and a great story about a woman who broke from convention to further knowledge and science, ahead of her time. ...

    This is a superlative picture book biography of an interesting woman who became a herpetologist in the 1920's, when women were thought incapable of doing such a job. What I especially like is the believable description of Procter as a young girl - how she loved reptiles and followed he...

    4.5 stars -- This book is an absolute delight. Young readers are introduced to Joan Procter, a woman with a passion for science and reptiles. It's great and encouraging to see these biographies of pioneering women, and inspiring to young girls who may not have traditionally "girly" int...

    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, ...

    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...

    Read this aloud in K-3 and tie into NGSS; also use as a mentor text for students in grades 3-5. A delightful (and well written) narrative about the life of a curious woman. There's so many ways you could use this with students. In grades k-3, I'd read aloud and then read aloud agai...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

  • Stephanie Tournas
    May 03, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

    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 stud...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez. PICTURE BOOK. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. $18. 9780399557255 BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Joan Proctor was fascinated by reptiles from a very early age. She had many reptile pe...

    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 ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    an amazing glimpse into the life of a rad lady doing rad things! A true pioneer in the world of early natural history. ...

    Beautiful illustrations and a great story about a woman who broke from convention to further knowledge and science, ahead of her time. ...

    This is a superlative picture book biography of an interesting woman who became a herpetologist in the 1920's, when women were thought incapable of doing such a job. What I especially like is the believable description of Procter as a young girl - how she loved reptiles and followed he...

  • Heidi Burkhart
    May 19, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

    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 stud...

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Dec 20, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

    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 stud...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez. PICTURE BOOK. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. $18. 9780399557255 BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Joan Proctor was fascinated by reptiles from a very early age. She had many reptile pe...

  • QNPoohBear
    Jun 01, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

  • Alexandra Calaway
    May 03, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

  • Beth Anderson
    Feb 23, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

    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 stud...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez. PICTURE BOOK. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. $18. 9780399557255 BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Joan Proctor was fascinated by reptiles from a very early age. She had many reptile pe...

    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 ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    an amazing glimpse into the life of a rad lady doing rad things! A true pioneer in the world of early natural history. ...

    Beautiful illustrations and a great story about a woman who broke from convention to further knowledge and science, ahead of her time. ...

    This is a superlative picture book biography of an interesting woman who became a herpetologist in the 1920's, when women were thought incapable of doing such a job. What I especially like is the believable description of Procter as a young girl - how she loved reptiles and followed he...

    4.5 stars -- This book is an absolute delight. Young readers are introduced to Joan Procter, a woman with a passion for science and reptiles. It's great and encouraging to see these biographies of pioneering women, and inspiring to young girls who may not have traditionally "girly" int...

    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, ...

    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...

    Read this aloud in K-3 and tie into NGSS; also use as a mentor text for students in grades 3-5. A delightful (and well written) narrative about the life of a curious woman. There's so many ways you could use this with students. In grades k-3, I'd read aloud and then read aloud agai...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    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 stu...

  • Christy
    Feb 10, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

    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 stud...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez. PICTURE BOOK. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. $18. 9780399557255 BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Joan Proctor was fascinated by reptiles from a very early age. She had many reptile pe...

    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 ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    an amazing glimpse into the life of a rad lady doing rad things! A true pioneer in the world of early natural history. ...

    Beautiful illustrations and a great story about a woman who broke from convention to further knowledge and science, ahead of her time. ...

    This is a superlative picture book biography of an interesting woman who became a herpetologist in the 1920's, when women were thought incapable of doing such a job. What I especially like is the believable description of Procter as a young girl - how she loved reptiles and followed he...

    4.5 stars -- This book is an absolute delight. Young readers are introduced to Joan Procter, a woman with a passion for science and reptiles. It's great and encouraging to see these biographies of pioneering women, and inspiring to young girls who may not have traditionally "girly" int...

    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, ...

    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...

  • Castle Spooktacular
    Nov 06, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

    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 stud...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez. PICTURE BOOK. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. $18. 9780399557255 BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE Joan Proctor was fascinated by reptiles from a very early age. She had many reptile pe...

    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 ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    an amazing glimpse into the life of a rad lady doing rad things! A true pioneer in the world of early natural history. ...

  • Baby Bookworm
    May 03, 2018

    Now with regard to picture book biographies, I always tend to check if there is an author's note included and yes to usually read this first (as well as to check if the book in question also presents a suitable bibliography). And indeed, when I perused the excellent and informatively d...

    "Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, a little girl named Joan Proctor entertained the most unusual party guests. Slithery and scaly, they turned over teacups. They crawled past the crumpets." I loved this story about Joan Proctor, the little girl of Edwardian Engla...

    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 t...

    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 boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    I have complicated and unfortunate thoughts about this book. There are scenes of Joan with wild reptiles on leashes and in zoo enclosures that she designed. I am wholeheartedly against the imprisonment of animals for human fascination. Unfortunately, this book really promotes that. It ...

    I definitely have mixed feelings about the illustrations. I like the vivacity of them, the attempt to make history less musty and dusty. But I also agree with those of you who have said that the reptiles should look more realistic because after all Procter was a scientist and realistic...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    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 in...

    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 stud...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...