The Watcher

Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps

This post is part of Nonfiction Monday

hosted today by Great Kid Books
Schwartz & Wade Books
(pub. 4.5.2011) 

48 pages

A True Tale with A Cherry On Top

A uthor and illustrator: Jeanette Winter
C haracter: Jane Goodall
O verview from jacket flap: 
      "Little Jane Goodall loved to watch all the animals in her world - the earthworms and insects, bird and cats. She loved to read about Dr. Doolittle, who could talk to animals.
       When she grew up, Jane followed her dream and traveled to Africa to study chimpanzees. She watched them, she listened to them, and, in time, she became their friend."

T antalizing taste: 
       "And when she went back to civilization to speak out for the chimps, Jane carried with her the peace of the forest -- the forest in Gombe where she talked to the animals like Dr. Doolittle, and walked unafraid like Tarzan, and watched and wrote, and opened a window for us to the world of the chimpanzees."

and something more:
Jeanette Winter, the author of this wonderful picture book biography, The Watcher, writes in A Note About This Story, "I wish that when I was a little girl, I could have read about someone like Jane Goodall -- a brave woman who wasn't afraid to do something that had never been done before. So now I've made this book for that little girl, who still speaks to me."  So nicely said.  And isn't that what we, as writers for children hope to do -- connect to the child within all of us.

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