The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter is an excellent book about a figure that many young readers probably know very little about–Jane Goodall. This book could serve as a springboard to more reading about this fascinating woman and her important work. (I already know some of my young readers will enjoy this simply because Jane lived with chimps.)
This book may also serve as inspiration to some students. If they put their minds to it, they can accomplish great things, even if those things take them far away from everything they’ve ever known. I think that’s the biggest lesson that readers can take away from this book.
The Watcher is a nominee for the 2012-13 South Carolina Picture Book Award.