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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 book is about the life of Jane Goodall. It tells about how Jane had been interested in animals since she was a child and how she came to study monkeys. It talks about how she moved to Gombe in Tanzania to study chimps and she went around the world raising awareness of the destruction of their habitats and their endangerment.

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I really liked this book because I remember watching her documentaries on the national geographic channel as a Kid. I remember one time wanting to become a monkey researcher after I saw her holding a baby monkey and talking about how it had become orphaned after a portion of their forest were destroyed.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. We could visit the monkey exhibit at the zoo.
2. We could do a collaborative research project of facts about Goodall and make a giant collage. ( )
  JacquelynTorres | Apr 14, 2015 |
In my opinion, this was such a fun, colorful, and engaging biography. I thoroughly enjoyed the imagery throughout this book, which certainly assisted in enhancing the story. The illustrations are vibrantly colored, and show depth in the graphics. Each page has text and the pictures help bring the words to life. Secondly, I enjoyed the non-fictional elements within the story. The events of Jane Goodall's life are placed on each page in a sequential order. The book begins with her early life, followed by important events such as meeting Louis Leakey,early Chimpanzee encounters and her profound impact on being the greatest known advocate for these animals. The overall message is the importance in caring for our animals and their habitats. ( )
  sott3 | Mar 26, 2015 |
Jane loves to watch, especially chimps! This enticing children's book tells the story of Jane Goodall from early childhood to old age. While this book is very interesting it also has many facts. We learn that Jane watched from a young age, and always wanted to travel to Africa. When she finally had the money, she did! From when she arrived in Africa she started to learn, and in the end made scientific breakthrough when it came to chimps!

Teaching Ideas: Jane Goodall, Chimps, Zoology ( )
  aehunter | Mar 2, 2015 |
Good biography about Jane Goodall's life. Its an easy way to explain who she is to children. Would be a great read for biography week at a school. ( )
  hart0521 | Feb 26, 2015 |
The Watcher is an enticing biographical read for children. The illustrations and colors of the book are the first thing that draw a reader in. From there the book itself captivates a reader as they follow alongside Jane on her adventure. The book starts out with a young Jane and her interest in just watching and examining the things around her. Any child who has found themselves sitting next to an ant pile to watch the ants can relate to Jane easily. She then goes off to Africa following her dreams. This is a big inspiration to children that they can follow their interests and what they love no matter the boundaries. Jane goes off to Africa without really a plan but knows she will find something to watch. So many times children are told what they can't do and that they're too little but if you read them stories about people like Jane they can see their dreams become something big in the future. ( )
  crieder95 | Feb 12, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375867740, Hardcover)

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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