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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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Good for teaching about perserverance, patience, and observation skills.
  gretchensanders | Feb 2, 2016 |
The great thing about The Watcher is the incredible detail paid to Jane Goodall's life. Like Me...Jane, The Watcher starts at the beginning, with Jane dreaming of one day living in Africa with the monkeys, however, it outlines the struggle's Jane had to overcome to get where she is. While using some more advanced words, this book introduces children to the basic concepts of Jane's work. The pictures were incredibly important with this story. As Jane is an observer, the illustrations are designed to make the reader notice the little things, and emphasize the importance of just observing. ( )
  amberloposser | Jan 21, 2016 |
Throughout her entire life, Jane Goodall was always fascinated with animals. As a girl she would sit and watch them all day. She was inspired by the work of Dr. Doolittle and and Tarzan to be one with the animals. Jane was offered to travel to Gombe in Tanzania where she would observe and study chimpanzees. Jane spent months in the jungle trying to find the chimps, but they did not want to be found. Eventually, once the monkeys trusted Goodall they revealed themselves to Jane. Jane followed them and watched closely for months on end. She discovered how similar chimpanzees are to humans. The creatures experience happiness, laughter, anger, love and terror just as we do. Jane loved the chimps, but eventually had to leave Gombe. Once she left, poachers invaded the land and started to kill and kidnap the chimps. Jane had to fight for her friends, so she traveled to big cities and town all over the world asking for help to save the chimps and their forest. Jane visited Gombe to visit her friends often when she returned home she carried with her the peace of the forest and fought for the protection of her friends. I enjoyed this book because it showed the importance of Jane Goodall's life and what she did for the animals. ( )
  olivia.sanchez | Jan 19, 2016 |
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 |
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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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