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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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This story is about the life leading up the Jane Goodalls adventures with living amongst the monkeys. It starts off when she was a young girl living in England, watching animals from afar. As her passion grew for them she began to study them and learn more and more about their habits. She turned her experiences living with the chimps on how to be aware of their endangered, the pain they may suffer, and she truly loved these chimps and wanted to maintain their safety.

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This book is a fun, engaging and educational book that most students would thoroughly enjoy if they are even slightly interested in animals. It creates an adventure within the book that students’ can easily see themselves experiencing as well.

Classroom Extension
1. You could have each student create their own forms of binoculars by using old toilet paper rolls. And have students color whatever animal they want to put at the end of the binoculars and than have a safari around the classroom seeing all the different animals in their natural habitat.
2. You could put on a class skit. Have each student dress up in cutouts that they colored and designed to create their own favorite animal. They can have a fun activity with addition of free play and group play.
  haleycurry1 | Nov 11, 2015 |
Summary:"The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps," written by Jeanette Winter, began with Jane's life as a little girl in England. Even at a young age, Jane was a watcher and always watched animals, big or small. One day Jane decided that she wanted to go to Africa and live with the Apes. So at age 26 she left for Kenya, Africa. When she arrived she met a famous scientist, Louis Leakey, who asked her to study the chimps in Gombe, Tanzania. Jane willingly went to Gombe and began her adventure of learning about the chimps and recording everything she noticed about them and their lifestyles. After leaving Gombe, Jane advocated for the lives of the chimps as they were a species on the brink of extinction. It is because of Jane that we know so much about our chimpanzee friends.

Personal Response: This book was very informative and engaging. The illustrations were simple, yet detailed enough to fit well with the corresponding text. I enjoyed reading it and found the life of Jane Goodall quite adventurous and entertaining.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
(1. Have students color a print out of binoculars and write the title, author, and three things Jane did while in Gombe.
(2. Place students in groups and have them come up with a scenario, similar to Jane's, describing something adventurous they would do in a foreign place (i.e. climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania).
  cwall_2018 | Nov 2, 2015 |
Recommended at our preschool book share. This is a great introduction to biographies and the work of Jane Goodall without going too wordy. We really enjoyed this one and hope to read more about her work with Chimps. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
This book covers Jane Goodall’s work with the chimps. It goes from when she was a little girl to a young woman and to her work that continues to this time. Most of what’s covered is Jane’s work with the chimpanzees but there is more than a mention of the problem of poaching and other things committed against the chimps, and of Goodall’s dedication to working to protect them. I love the humor shown, and I appreciated how Jane’s curiosity about animal behavior started when she was a child, and how she had a goal for her life in mind, and how she found what she was looking for in life. The illustrations have deep colors, and a childlike quality that make the book even more approachable for children. I especially enjoy the cover image with the reflection of the chimpanzees in the lenses of her binoculars. It sums up the book perfectly. This is a great read for children because it shows children to follow their hearts, but it also shows children the value of watching and learning too. ( )
  AmellDubbaneh | Oct 20, 2015 |
Love this book and it's telling of Jane Goodall's life. I think it is great to show that grown ups who do gret things, were once just as young as our young readers and dreamt of what they loved to learn about. ( )
  RuthFinnigan | Jun 7, 2015 |
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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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