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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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Member:MaryARogers
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:Lower Elementary Levels, Upper Elementary Levels, Your library
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Tags:Picture Book- Biography

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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 |
Summary: This book follows the famous Jane Goodall from her childhood in London watching the birds that land on her windowsill all the way to her time spent in the Gombe and Tanzania forest in Africa. She was invited by the scientist Louis Leakey to observe and record chimps. Jane Goodall has a lead a worldwide crusade to save the monkeys from the danger of extinction.

Personal Reaction: I have also been an animal lover and it was exciting to read about someone that has stepped up and taken it upon themselves to try and save a whole species of animals.

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1. Get the kids into groups of 3 and 4's and have them pick an animal from a bucket and teach a mini lesson about the animal.
2. The groups can learn about the fears of extinction and how they can prevent it.
3. The groups will try to come up with new ways of avoiding extinction and will share the ideas with the class.
  nataliegent | Apr 20, 2016 |
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 |
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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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