The Watcher by Jeannette Winter explores the life and work of Jane Goodall in a calm, quiet way. The book is told using simple language, but is a bit lengthier than traditional picture books for the young, making it a good choice for animal lovers who have a bit of patience. But as Jane herself says, “You have to be patient if you want to learn about animals.”
Pairing this book with Patrick McDonnell’s Me … Jane would make an ideal gift for young fans of primates—where McDonnell’s work ends in Goodall’s childhood, The Watcher focuses primarily on Goodall’s work as an adult. A special emphasis is placed on Jane Goodall’s efforts to save the chimps and their habitats.
Acrylic and pen illustrations provide an almost collage-like effect and keep the book lighthearted and friendly.