The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps
by Jeanette Winter
(Schwartz & Wade, 2011)
I loved last year’s Me…Jane, the Jane Goodall picture book biography by Patrick McDonell, but I had never gotten around to reading this other one published at the same time.
The Watcher is meatier in scope and shares Jane’s entire life story up to now. It’s still short enough to be a great read-aloud, though. The occasional quotations from her own writings add a lot. For instance, I love:
“David Greybeard has–yes–he has TAKEN BANANAS FROM MY HAND. So gently. No snatching.”
Start with Me…Jane. Ask your students to talk about their favorite activities and toys now. Then brainstorm with them ways in which their current favorites could be fortune-telling objects–ways they might predict things the kids might do with their lives as adults. Then share The Watcher with them. Talk about how Jane’s early passion helped shape her whole life. This is a great lead-in to a discussion on passion, conservation, biology, career choices…so many things!
(Review copy kindly provided by my library)
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