The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps

The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps

by Jeanette Winter

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Acclaimed picture book biographer Jeanette Winter has found her perfect subject: Jane Goodall, the great observer of chimpanzees. Follow Jane from her childhood in London watching a robin on her windowsill, to her years in the African forests of Gombe, Tanzania, invited by brilliant scientist Louis Leakey to observe chimps, to her worldwide crusade to save these primates who are now in danger of extinction, and their habitat. Young animal lovers and Winter's many fans will welcome this fascinating and moving portrait of an extraordinary person and the animals to whom she has dedicated her life.

The Watcher was named a Best Book of the Year by the Boston Globe, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and the Bank Street College of Education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375985836
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/05/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 861,679
Lexile: AD820L (what's this?)
File size: 19 MB
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Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

JEANETTE WINTER has written and illustrated almost 50 books for children, including Diego (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, Parents' Choice Award winner, and Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies), Emily Dickinson's Letters to the World (New York Times Notable Book, Parents' Choice Silver Medal), The Librarian of Basra (ALA Notable Book), My Name Is Georgia (Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, ALA Notable, Booklist Editors' Choice), and Mama (Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, Society of Illustrators Silver Medal). Her art with flat colors and perspectives in the folk art tradition have brought her many honors.

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From the Publisher

Starred Review, Booklist, March 1, 2011:
“An author’s note rounds out this beautiful celebration of one of the world’s most influential animal advocates.”

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2011:
“This gorgeous, accessible biography allows young readers to absorb the significance of Jane’s tireless research, her groundbreaking discoveries and important work protecting Africa’s land and animals."

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The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing that can give me insight or interest in this book. Morons.
laurenryates on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fascinating picture book biography about Jane Goodall. It documented on how her love of animals started at a very young age and how she was a young woman when she traveled to Africa. It was very captivating in telling about how she camped out in the jungle and watched the chimpanzees. It also spanned to her life as an older adult who became an activist in the preserving of the jungles and forests where these chimpanzees lived. The illustrations were unique and colorful.
Jill.Barrington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jane Goodall's life from childhood to her current adulthood is conveyed. She loved animals as a young girl and worked hard to purchase a ticket to Africa. Goodall found a job studying chimpanzees and devoted much time to the work. She bonded with the chimpanzees and now stands up for the preservation animals and their habitats.The book would be good to pair with another book about chimpanzee research or female scientists who work with animals.
Stephanyk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is appropriate for the grades first through fourth. The book is simple, informational and filled with colorful cartoon-like pictures. The story begins with Valerie Jane Goodall as a young child watching birds, cats, hens and insects. One day she reads a book about Africa and decides that she will go someday. She saves up enough to go to Kenya. When scientist Louis Leakey asks for her help to study chimpanzees she agrees and goes to Gombe, a place in Tanzania where the chimps live. She spends days and nights quietly observing the chimps, writing down everything that she is watching. One day a chimp approaches her and she eventually develops a connection with them. When she has to go home she speaks for the chimpanzees in the forests that are being attacked by poachers.Uses in the classroom:- I would have children observe and journal each night about something that interests them just like Jane Goodall observes the chimps.- I would have the children get in groups to talk about what their dreams are. Then I would have them work independently to write about how they will achieve their dreams. -Create a learning center about chimpanzees. I would put this book a long with more informational texts, pictures and some chimpanzee figures.
pataustin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jeanette Winter's picture book biography of Jane Goodall holds kid appeal because of the nature of the subject -- a woman cozying up to chimps - or should I say chimps cozying up to her. She was, as the title of the book states, a watcher. When she first went to Africa, she could hear the hoots of the chimps before she could see them, but she was patient. She never intervened in their world; she just watched and took notes. In time the chimps trusted her. So in addition to sharing this as a wonderful picture book biography about a woman scientist, I can see it fitting in to talk to children about patience or about passion for what you do.
laceyfield on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:A young girl, named Jane Goodall, always had a dream to work with animals such as chimps. As she was growing up she loved to watch all the different animals. So, she worked and saved her money so she could move to Kenya. She found a job that wanted someone to study and watch the chimpanzees in the forest, and Jane took the job. Jane had to live in a forest all by herself and she learned she had to gain the chimpanzees trust before they would let her see them. After awhile, the chimps and she became close and they allowed her to watch them. After she left Kenya, she heard about how poachers were destroying the forest and killing the chimps. She started protests to save the forest and she saved the chimps lives as well.Personal Reaction:I really enjoyed this book because the pictures helped me relate to the story. The picture that was the most moving was when the story talked about poachers destroying the forest. There are men cutting down all of trees and shooting chimps. I believe this would be a good book for children who want to work with animals when they get older.Classroom Extension Ideas:1. This book would be a great book to explain the harm of poachers.2. I loved all the detail it gave on chimpanzees. It would be a good book to read when the students are studying about different forests and the animals that live in the forests.
taramankin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a simple biography of Jane Goodall. From a young age, Jane Goodall had a passion for animals. She read about Dr. Dolittle talking to animals and Jane wanted to do the same. She wanted so badly to visit Africa and life with the apes. When she was old enough to work, she saved money to buy a ticket to Kenya. She set up a tent in forest and began her mission to study chimps. Jane realized chimps were in great danger of becoming extinct so she traveled from city to city asking for help to save the chimps. Jane visited the chimps in the forest as often as possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg this is like so expensive for a picture book about monkeys
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thus book is really weird