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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)
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Jane was a girl who was interested in exploring. She raised money to get a plane ticket to Kenya. While there she became interested in exploring chimpanzees. She watched them, studied them, and the chimps became comfortable with her. She got to experience and see things that no one has ever seen before. She gained a relationship with them. Once the chimps living area was attacked it was up to Jane to help them and she did. This is such a great story for kids. I think it can teach them to never give up and to fight for what's right. ( )
  TaylorRankins | Oct 9, 2014 |
The Watcher is a book about a little girl named Jane, who loves to watch nature and animals. Jane watched animals, insects, birds, dogs and horses. Jane fed birds out her window and read books to animals. As she grew older, she saved up to move to Kenya. She got a job helping a scientist study chimpanzees. She camped out for watch and could hear them but not see them. One day she finally found chimps and watched them for months. She learned everything there is to learn about chimps. She named the chimps and they became familiar with her. Across Africa forest were getting cut down and people were shooting the chimps. She traveled around the world asking people to save the chimps and their homes. She continued to visit the forests and wrote about the world of chimpanzees. The author wished that as a little girl she had a book like this to read. This is a biography of Jane Goodall, the women who lived with the chimps. I recommend this book to grades k-3. This story is a great choice when talking about preserving lands and animals. Children who love animals, as much as Jane did, will love this book and may one day watch animals for a living. ( )
  epoche | Sep 27, 2014 |
A(4) was very inspired and wanted to read often. ( )
  MiguelPut | Aug 4, 2014 |
Jane Goodall inspires, even when caricaturized. What I think this book does exceptionally well is be explicit about Goodall's patience and talent for watching. In a world where we often feel the need to be heard, and success is defined in terms of observables, this book's take on Goodall reminds us that the act of mindful, patient observation is a powerful one. In addition to the obvious social studies connection, I would use this book in mindfulness training. ( )
  Desirichter | Jul 13, 2014 |
Jane Goodall was a woman who dedicated her life to watching and saving chimpanzees. This book tells how Jane grew up in London and then was invited to Africa to watch these amazing animals. She had dedicated her life to chimps. They are now in danger of extinction.

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I saw this book in the library and was fascinated by Jane Goodall. I have never read any other books about her, but I really enjoyed reading this book. I am an animal lover so I am glad someone is helping these animals.

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The children could pick one animal they would like to help save if they were in danger of extinction and draw a picture of that animal and if they are old enough, they could write about how they would help this animal.
  juliana63012 | Apr 21, 2014 |
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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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