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The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps (edition 2011)

by Jeanette Winter, Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)

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Title:The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps
Authors:Jeanette Winter
Other authors:Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
Info:Schwartz & Wade (2011), Hardcover, 48 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Non-fiction, biography, picture book, grades k-3

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The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter



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The Watcher is a biography about Jane Goodall and her work in Africa with the chimps. My favorite elements were the writing and the characters. Jeanette Winter simplified Jane Goodall's life story to really put emphasis on the fact that we can follow our dreams, do the impossible, and answer questions that have never been answers. Winter made sure to include the most important aspects of her life, her accomplishments, and ups and downs, so that the reader knows that some goals take risks and patience. The language she used was simple enough for a 3rd or 4th grader to follow on their own for independent reading, or for a K-2 student to follow along with during a read-aloud. The characters, or in this case, Jane Goodall herself, is another very good element of this biography. Goodall has a great story of perseverance and passion that the author hopes will inspire other girls and just other children in general. Winter wrote "I wish that when I was a little girl, I could have read about someone like Jane Goodall -- a brave woman who wasn't afraid to do something that had never been done before." ( )
  cmcdon13 | Oct 6, 2016 |
The Watcher by Jeanette Winter tells the story of Jane Goodall's life. The book starts out discussing her childhood and follows her story through adulthood. It is easy to read and the illustrations are wonderful. Winter uses quotes and observations from Goodall's own journals and memoirs to provide an accurate yet child-appropriate description of how Goodall lived with and observed the chimps. The Watcher is a good read for children in upper elementary or older. It is a heartwarming read about friendship, courage, and daring to speak up for what you love. ( )
  BethBaugh | Sep 1, 2016 |
The beauty of this book is what Jane Goodall calls patient watchfulness. Written at the kindergarten through second grade level students in mind this is an exquisite rendering of Jane's life of watching from her youthful observations of a robin in London to her patient watching of the chimps of Gombe forests of Tanzania. Voted Best Book off the Year by The Boston Globe
  gregorysmith | Jul 30, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book very much! It discusses the work that Jane Goodall put towards watching and researching chimpanzees in the wild. After spending time with the chimps, she was able to form a natural bond with the animals and they even started to interact with her. The book included notes about Goodall's observations, so the reader is able to connect the story to real life. The illustrations are simple and assist in telling the story to help young readers create their own visualization. The story is a touching one and discusses how the habitats of the chimps are affected by humans and human interactions, so it creates some awareness for the readers. I also enjoyed that the book ends with Goodall pictured as she is still spending time with the chimps as an older adult, to show that true friendship lasts forever. This was an enjoyable and heartwarming book. ( )
  Sdaile2 | May 2, 2016 |
Jane is a curious child that likes to learn about animals both big and small. She spends hours just watching and observing animals in their natural habitat. Studying different animals becomes her passion, and her love for them continues to grow. After she graduated high school, Jane worked hard to save her money for an expedition to Africa. When she arrived in Kenya, she is offered a job to study chimpanzees in the jungle. She relentlessly searches for the monkeys, but she cannot seem to find them. Jane can only hear the sounds that they are making. She falls ill with malaria and is about to give up on her dream, but she perseveres. Her determination pays off and she is able to finally study the chimpanzees. She makes new discoveries about the monkeys that unknown. The jungle is starting to be cut down by poachers, and Jane realizes that she must use her voice to speak up for the chimpanzees. She begins a campaign to speak for the monkeys, and because of her advocacy animal protection rights are established. This is a beautiful story of one woman finding her destiny. The pictures are beautifully done with soft colors which capture the mood. The Watcher is an inspiring story that shows the reader that through patience and determination anyone can live their dream no matter how big your dream is. ( )
  JanaeCamardelle | Apr 21, 2016 |
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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 Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, the Boston Globe, and the Bank Street College of Education.

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This book traces out the life and career of Jane Goodall as a watcher of English fauna to her adult work as scholar of animal behavior in Africa.

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