Jennie is the story of an orphaned chimpanzee who grows up with her adopted human family. Jennie adapts to her surroundings quickly, to enjoy the pursuits of the average young person - riding her own tricycle, playing with her pet kitten and Barbie, and fighting with her siblings. Written as a fictional oral history, Jennie tells the story of the Archibalds, the Boston-area family that took in the chimp from 1965 to 1975, and the ensuing family and scientific debates. Jennie's story is hilarious, poignant, and, in times, desperately sad. Based on accounts of six different cases of chimps in human surroundings, Jennie will make you laugh, fill you with wonder, and make your heart go out to a touching and warm character unlike any other - Jennie.
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by Jackie Kay
by Valerie Wilson Wesley
by Douglas Coupland
by Robert D. San Souci
by Adele Parks
by S. Beth Atkin
by Jerdine Nolen
by Helen Frost
by Tonya Bolden
"Jennie, a chimp brought from Africa and raised as a human by an anthropologist and his family, is the subject of this enthralling tale. Written as a diary, the fictional work is brought into the realm of theater by this unique approach. A different actor reads each role, developing each character--and the listener's perceptions--throughout the ten-hour presentation. The individual performances combine to form a cohesive whole, which never loses momentum. Even readers reluctant to read "animal stories" will put aside their misgivings. Highly recommended. R.B.F. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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