A Boy and a Jaguar: The story of a promise kept by a champion for wildlife conservation

Alan loves animals, but the great cat house at the Bronx Zoo makes him sad. Why are they all alone in empty cages? Are they being punished? More than anything, he wants to be their champion—their voice—but he stutters uncontrollably.


Except when he talks to animals…
Then he is fluent.


Follow the life of the man Time Magazine calls, “the Indiana Jones of wildlife conservation”as he searches for his voice and fulfills a promise to speak for animals, and people, who cannot speak for themselves. This real-life story with tender illustrations by Catia Chen explores truths not defined by the spoken word.

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“This book made me cry tears of sympathy, and joy. You and I are this boy; You and I are this jaguar.”
—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 – no matter what age – to read and share.”
—Sy Montgomery, Sibert Medal Winner for Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot

“A beautiful book that will inspire stutterers to succeed and make a positive difference in the world.”
—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”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Moving and sweetly resonant.”
Kirkus Review, starred review

Reddit AMA

Alan Rabinowitz will be doing a Reddit Ask Me Anything chat on Monday 12-3pm ET. Alan will answer questions and talk about his childhood experience as a stutterer and his work as a wildlife conservationist.

Join the conversation in the /r/AMA subreddit at noon on Monday!

Live webcast of Alan Rabinowitz discussing A Boy and a Jaguar

Sunday May 11, 2014, 7:30PM EST
Go to www.92y.org/livestream and click on “Play”.


Follow along on our HMH Kids Tumblr for more fun Q&As and other great content in our Picture Book Parade!


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