Academic journal article Language Arts

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles

Academic journal article Language Arts

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles

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Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles Written by Patricia Valdez Illustrated by Felicita Sala Knopf, 2018, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-399-55725-5

"While other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles. Instead of a favorite doll, a favorite lizard accompanied her wherever she went." Throughout her lifetime, Joan Procter loved reptiles. A medical condition prevented Procter from attending school regularly, but her passion for reptiles and scientific observation did not prevent her from learning; even as a child, Procter "took careful notes, just like a scientist." She apprenticed herself to the curator of reptiles and fish at London's Natural History Museum. When too many museum employees left London to fight in World War I, Joan was hired as assistant curator of reptiles. By the time the war ended, Procter was curator, publishing research articles and creating original art for exhibit space. …

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