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The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps Hardcover – Apr 5 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (April 5 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375867740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375867743
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 1.2 x 22.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review, Booklist, March 1, 2011:
“An author’s note rounds out this beautiful celebration of one of the world’s most influential animal advocates.”

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2011:
“This gorgeous, accessible biography allows young readers to absorb the significance of Jane’s tireless research, her groundbreaking discoveries and important work protecting Africa’s land and animals."

About the Author

JEANETTE WINTER has written and illustrated almost 50 books for children, including Diego (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, Parents' Choice Award winner, and Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies), Emily Dickinson's Letters to the World (New York Times Notable Book, Parents' Choice Silver Medal), The Librarian of Basra (ALA Notable Book), My Name Is Georgia (Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, ALA Notable, Booklist Editors' Choice), and Mama (Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, Society of Illustrators Silver Medal). Her art with flat colors and perspectives in the folk art tradition have brought her many honors.

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I bought this book for my almost 4 yr old daughter. She loves it. It is the boiled down version of her life and how she came to be a famous protector for her beloved apes. The text and illustrations are clear and keep the story moving at a good pace.
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This book is beautifully illustrated and has a very positive message and story surrounding Jane Goodall, however we decided to return it for one key reason: it's too on the nose when describing the deforestation, shooting and kidnapping of monkeys in the forest after Jane leaves. We understand this is an important story point, but having to explain to our young daughter what was happening to the monkeys, including the babies and the men with guns in the picture, was simply too much for a children's book.

I would consider this book more appropriate for an older child who is ready to talk about subjects such as this. Probably not suitable for your younger children (ours is almost 4).
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute introduction to primatology, anthropology, and Goodall July 7 2011
By Social Science PhD - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As an anthropologist, I got both "The Watcher" and "Me, Jane" for my 2-year-old daughter. "The Watcher" is quite a bit better - with more words and better vocabulary, the story introduces children to the basic concepts in primatology and anthropology. Winters' illustrations can be used to get children involved in watching too: Jane doesn't immediately see the chimps, who are hiding in the trees, and it's fun to ask my daughter to point them out and count them. One of the things I dislike about "Me, Jane" is that it jumps from little Jane dreaming about chimps to Goodall in the field, skipping the trouble, hardships, and work she had to put in to get from interested kid to adult researcher. "The Watcher" tells a surprisingly thorough (for a kids' book) story of Jane Goodall's life in a way that challenges younger readers but at the same time doesn't talk down to them.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRAVA!!! May 23 2011
By Elaine Compton Rodriguez - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Starting with the cover, Jeanette Winter's latest book is the product of a great illustrator at the top of her game. Her non-western style is a perfect match for this story set in Africa -- the shapes and colors perfectly evoke the jungle, with a feel that is both exquisitely primal and vibrant. And, starting with the title, the story very simply and matter-of-factly focuses a child's attention on what it means to be a "watcher," an observer. It's so important, in a picture book biography, that there be some over-arching metaphor which holds the story together -- as opposed to, "and then she did this, and then she did that." If you you're looking for a book which gets right to the heart of what makes Jane Goodall important, without trivializing it or talking down to its child readership, this one's for you. Brilliant work, Jeanette Winter!
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5.0 out of 5 stars From a 7-y-o's perspective July 19 2014
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This is my 7-year-old's review:

I love this book because it tells you how important and endangered some animals are. Also because now I know that someone else loves animals and wants to protect them as much as I do. It was interesting how Jane Goodall got a job and saved her own money so she could take a boat to Africa to study the chimps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a graceful tribute to Jane Goodall Nov. 13 2011
By Deborah Sandford - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is an outstanding picture book biography about one of the world's most beautiful women. Who does not adore Jane Goodall and her tireless efforts to understand and bring to the rest of the world the hidden culture of chimpanzees? It's a wonderful character story to read to a child, and the bright and comely yet unobtrusive pictures will stir the reader's imagination. This book begs to be read again and again, not only for the lovely story, but to retake an occasion to reap and admire small treasures missed in the pictures the first time around. The author says, "I wish that when I was a little girl, I could have read about someone like Jane Goodall.... I've made this book for that little girl. Thank you Jeanette Winter. Suitable for classroom, library or personal ownership.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, engaging book! Feb. 14 2015
By Megan E Bourgault - Published on
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I used this book with second through fifth graders to discuss how Jane Goodall encompasses the "global learning" focus of our school. My students loved the story and illustrations, and loved learning about how chimps are so similar to humans. My older students were able to have amazing discussions about how Jane investigated the world around her, how she effectively communicated her ideas to the public, and how she worked to preserve Gombe. The writing itself is simple enough that my younger students could easily follow along, but the topics were complex enough to engage my older students. Wonderful book!