Biography

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez

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Back of Book:
Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, young Joan Procter entertained the most unusual party guests: slithery and scaly ones, who turned over teacups and crawled past the crumpets…. While other girls played with dolls, Joan preferred the company of reptiles. She carried her favorite lizard with her everywhere–she even brought a crocodile to school!

When Joan grew older, she became the Curator of Reptiles at the British Museum. She went on to design the Reptile House at the London Zoo, including a home for the rumored-to-be-vicious komodo dragons. There, just like when she was a little girl, Joan hosted children’s tea parties–with her komodo dragon as the guest of honor.
My Review:
My very best friend growing up was just like Joan. She loved catching and examining lizards. When I read this book I instantly thought of her. Joan Procter was a misunderstood, brilliant woman who changed the way people saw reptiles. This book is well written and keeps readers engaged with what they are reading. My students loved learning about the Komodo Dragon that she took care of and raised. It made them all want to have one of their own. The illustrations are clear and detailed. They draw readers into the story. The end of book has a mini biography about Joan as well as a photo of a young Joan. I truly enjoyed sharing this book with my classroom. It should be on every teachers must read list.
Ages 6 and up
40 Pages

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