Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles

joanprocterdragondoctorJoan Procter, Dragon Doctor is such a fun read – become immersed in the fascinating life of the wonderful Joan Procter as Patricia Valdez’s light, humourous prose takes you on her journey.

“While other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles.”

Beginning this real life story when Joan Procter was a young girl, the same age as the intended readers of this book, makes this immediately relateable to young readers and listeners. Procter LOVES anything with scales and tiny toes… they even get invited to her tea parties. And when Joan got a baby crocodile for her birthday – it caused quite the stir in maths!

Felicita Sala’s illustrations are lively and joyful as we witness Joan’s curiousity grow and grow, she became quite a regular at the Natural History Museum. And so, when war broke out and the museum became short staffed – well, Joan was the perfect choice.

Watch how Joan flourishes in the new environment, breaking down barriers and teaching so many people about the animals she loves so much.  Her passion for reptiles was contagious, and through it she achieved so much whilst suffering from chronic illness.

Extra information is provided at the end, feeding the urge you’ll have to know more about this remarkable woman.

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor is an inspiring tale, beautifully and joyfully told by Valdez and Sala.

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