The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps

 
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The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps
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Release Date
April 05, 2011
ISBN
978-0375867743
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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.

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Jane Goodall for Youngsters
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Jane Goodall grew up observing animals and her fascination with them continued into adulthood. When Jane traveled to Africa, she discovered her calling—working with chimpanzees. For years she studied them and eventually became an activist on their behalves.

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.
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