The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps
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.
The Watcher was named a Best Book of the Year by the Boston Globe, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and the Bank Street College of Education.
were shooting grown chimps and kidnapping their babies to sell to laboratories, to the circus, and as pets. Jane’s beloved chimpanzees were in danger of becoming extinct. They needed Jane to speak for them. Jane hated to leave her friends, but she knew she must. She traveled to big cities and small towns the world over, month after month, year after year, asking for help to save the chimps and the forests. Jane returned to the forests of Gombe whenever she could. She
chimpanzees. A Note About This Story Jane Goodall grew up in England, but she dreamed of living in Africa. “I wanted to watch wild animals, not animals in cages,” she wrote. To simplify her story, I focused solely on Jane’s own accomplishments. I omitted mention of her married life, her son, and her mother’s unwavering support. Jane was twenty-six years old in 1960 when she arrived at the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve in western Tanzania to study the chimps. Because she was young,
groundbreaking book The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behavior. At the conference, she learned of the deforestation and destruction of the chimps’ habitat all across Africa. And so she left her work and began speaking out to help save the chimps. She still travels most of the year, working to save animals and the land they live in. Jane, the “white ape,” wrote while in Africa, “This is where I belong. This is what I came into this world to do.” And the animal kingdom is the richer for it.
590.92—dc22 2010005280 The illustrations were rendered in acrylic paint and pen. Random House Children’s Books supports the First Amendment and celebrates the right to read. v3.1 For Roger Title Page Copyright Dedication First Page A Note About This Story About the Author and Illustrator “Jane, Jane, where are you?” “Jane, can you hear me?” EVERYONE had been searching for hours and hours, looking for little Valerie Jane Goodall. Then, from the henhouse, Jane came
Jane watched every day, all day— even huddled in the rain. She saw the chimps accept the rain, not look for shelter, as we do. And she kept notes about it all. “You have to be patient if you want to learn about animals,” she wrote. Some nights Jane even slept on the Peak, to be near the tree where the chimps were sleeping. She woke at dawn and saw them slowly rise from their nests, sit for a spell, then go off to find food. Jane named the chimps. To her, each one was