Tuesday, 8 March 2016
The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter
Created by the much revered author/illustrator Jeanette Winter, this book works as a biography on a child's level and it works as a story plain and simple. The illustrations are wondrous and together with the text they lure you into Jane's world. Immediately you care about Jane, her work, the chimpanzees and the environment. Time passes quite peacefully at first which is why the arrival of the hunters towards the end, and the dose of reality they bring with them, is that much more startling.
I think this is a hugely important book and it's prompted numerous conversations between E and me. Many at fist were understandably about the hunters but today it was also about watching, how we define home and what it's like for a little girl to work hard and make a dream come true.
Posted by Mrs Brown