Friday, February 10, 2012

The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter

Good day, dear reader friends.
The Queen here with a thoughtful biography about British anthropologist, Jane Goodall. I liked this book because it shows how a love of observing nature started when she was a child. I think it will help encourage children to tune into those things they find fascinating and see how they can turn those interest into life goals. Jane seemed to know early on that she would work in the field of nature studies.

The illustrations are beautiful and the story easy to follow. Check out the Reading Adventure section for ideas on how to enhance this book and make reading more enjoyable.

I also encourage you to check out the other books listed over at the Perfect Picture Book Fridays page.

Book Title: The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps
Author: Jeanette Winter                                                                                                               

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Schwartz & Wade (April 5, 2011)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Book Info:Hardcover: 48 pages
Genre: Juvenile biography
ISBN: 978-0375867743

Book Theme:
Naturalist, Jane Goodall, Biography, Chimpanzees, Preservation

Book Summary from
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.

Activity Adventures:

Young Readers:
Make a pair of tube binoculars and become a Watcher yourself. 

Older Readers:
Learn more about Jane Goodall and her work by checking out the Jane Goodall Institute. There you can find videos and information about what's being done with the world's chimpanzees. 

Check out this video from New York Times discussing two recently released books about Jane Goodall and comments from the subject herself. Jane Goodall Illustrated.

Crafty Ideas: for older kids
What do you love to do and learn about? Using a poster board, Glue a picture of yourself, or draw yourself in the middle. Think about all the things you love to do and learn about. Do you love taking care of pets? Taking walks in the park? Being a daredevil on your bike? It's good to know where your interest are and to think about how you can expand these interesting into life careers. When you are doing what you love, your work never feels like work. 

Other Books You Might Like:
by Patrick McDonnell

My Life with the Chimpanzees
by Jane Goodall
The Chimpanzee Family Book
by Jane Goodall

Authors Arena

About the Author from
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 TimesNotable 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.


Joanna said...

Jane Goodall is one of my all time heros. I love Me Jane, but haven't had my hands on a copy of the watcher yet. This looks like another real winner!

Unknown said...

This was an excellent review, loved the resources as well.

Eric VanRaepenbusch said...

I really like the cover of this book -- love the colors. I like your activity idea -- my kids love making tube binoculars!

Stacy S. Jensen said...

I love the cover and look forward to reading this one. Thanks for sharing the other titles too.

Patricia T. said...

Beautiful book to share. I have always loved Jane Goodall and the work she has done. Great resources for kids. There is a "Chimpanzee" movie coming out in April (documentary) that her foundation has helped sponsor. It will be in the theaters.

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

This book looks excellent. I love your whole review, the activities, the other books you might like, plus the author segment - you do a bang-up job, Jackie :) Thanks so much for adding this to our list :)

Heather said...

I love your activity idea for the poster board of interests. A great choice on the book, as well. Thank you!

Jackie Castle said...

I enjoyed it. I've heard so much about Goodall and her work but I loved hearing about her childhood. I think kids need to see how great people stared out. They simply loved to do something and let that love grow.

Jackie Castle said...

I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for that one.

Jackie Castle said...

Thanks Susanna. I like what you are doing to help parents find good books and I'm glad to be a part of it.

Jackie Castle said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by. This book was beautifully done and deserves to be waved for others to see. lol. I hope to come across the other book, Me... Jane soon as well. It focuses more on just her childhood and how she grew to love exploring nature. In the video, Goodall talks about how she had no television or scheduled activities to occupy her so she and her friends spent most of their time exploring. I want to see kids learning how to explore again.

Loni Edwards said...

I just love Jane Goodall. She is a true inspiration. Thanks for reviewing this book. I did not know it existed. I think the Me...Jane one would be interesting as well. Excellent resources and great job on the "Other books you might like" suggestions.

Anonymous said...

AWESOME review! What a cool book too! I know who Ms. Goodall is but I didn't know there was this book about her. Like your activities!