Synopses & Reviews
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.
"With her customary care, Winter (Biblio-burro) covers the whole of primatologist Goodall's life and work: her childhood observing animals and dreaming of Africa, her fateful meeting with Louis Leakey, early encounters with the chimpanzees ('David Greybeard has yes he has TAKEN BANANAS FROM MY HAND'), and, years later, her departure from Gombe because her 'beloved chimpanzees were in danger of becoming extinct. They needed Jane to speak for them.' The story's drama comes from the suspense of approaching the chimps, little by little; it took months for trust to build and required trials like sitting out in all kinds of weather: 'She saw the chimps accept the rain, not look for shelter, as we do.' Winter's repeated, stencil-like patterns give a sense of the wealth of green and the endless reaches of the Tanzanian landscape. (The chimpanzees don't fare as well; her flat style doesn't lend itself to the nuances of expression that distinguish primate individuals.) It's a fine introduction both to Goodall's life and to the idea that excellent science can come from nothing more than close, extended observation. Ages 4 8. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"This makes an ideal addition to women's history units."
"A must for school and public libraries and those who love them."
"[An] easygoing picture-book biography."
"A concise, breezy chronology. Atwell's folk-art style acrylics capture a sense of history in the making, as well as the book's themes of excitement and change."
"Atwell's cheery, doll-like figures and joyful colors are a good match for the woman who insisted that children's library space should be vibrant and stimulating."
and#8212;Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This book made me cry tears of sympathy, and joy. You and I are this boy; You and I are this jaguar."
and#8212;Sherman Alexie, National Book Award winner for The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian
"This true story of a promise kept is for everyone and#8211; no matter what age and#8211; to read and share."
and#8212;Sy Montgomery, Sibert Medal Winner for Kakapo Rescue: Saving the Worldand#8217;s Strangest Parrot
"A beautiful book that will inspire stutterers to succeed and make a positive difference in the world."
and#8212;Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation
* "In his first book for children, conservationist and adult author Rabinowitz frames his lifelong struggle with stuttering against his equally long-held love of animals...Iit's a candid and deeply resonant account of a hard-fought battle against societal stigma, and an embrace of one's true talent and calling."
and#8212;Publisher's Weekly, starred review
* "Moving and sweetly resonant."
and#8212;Kirkus, starred review
"The emotional resonance of the text, urgency of the issues discussed, and breathtakingly breautiful illustrations make this book a winner...A testament to the fierce beauty of jaguars and the human spirit."
and#8212;School Library Journal
"Readers will feel privileged to be part of this magical experience."
"Kids with speech issues, and those who bond withand#160; animals more easily than with fellow humans, will especially relate to Rabinowitz's emotionally honest narrative."
A picture book biography about librarian Anne Carroll Moore who, as the New Yorker said, "more or less invented the children's library."
Once upon a time, American children couldnand#8217;t borrow library books. Reading wasnand#8217;t all that important for children, many thought. Luckily Miss Anne Carroll Moore thought otherwise! This is the true story of how Miss Moore created the first childrenand#8217;s room at the New York Public Library, a bright, warm room filled with artwork, window seats, and most important of all, borrowing privileges to the worldand#8217;s best childrenand#8217;s books in many different languages.
As a child, Alan Rabinowitz stuttered uncontrollably--except when he spoke to animals, then he was fluent. Follow the world-renownedand#160;wild cat conservationist Dr. Rabinowitz's remarkable life as he finds a voice to speak forand#160;those who can't speak for themselves.
2015 Schneider Family Book Award Winner
Alan loves animals, but the great cat house at the Bronx Zoo makes him sad. Whyand#160;are theyand#160;all alone in empty cages? Are they being punished? More than anything, he wants to be their championandmdash;their voiceandmdash;but he stutters uncontrollably.
Except when he talks to animalsandhellip;
Then he is fluent.
Follow the life of the man Time Magazine calls, andquot;the Indiana Jones of wildlife conservationandquot;as he searches for his voice and fulfills a promise to speak for animals, and people, who cannot speak for themselves.and#160;This real-life story with tender illustrations by Catia Chien explores truths not defined by the spoken word.
About the Author
JEANETTE WINTER has written and illustrated almost 50 books for children, including Diego (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, Parents' Choice Award winner, and Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies), Emily Dickinson's Letters to the World (New York Times Notable Book, Parents' Choice Silver Medal), The Librarian of Basra (ALA Notable Book), My Name Is Georgia (Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, ALA Notable, Booklist Editors' Choice), and Mama (Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, Society of Illustrators Silver Medal). Her art with flat colors and perspectives in the folk art tradition have brought her many honors.