A Boy and A Jaguar

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Author: Alan Rabinowitz

Illustrator: Catia Chien

Genre: Nonfiction

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Boston, NY

Awards: PW’s Best Books of 2014, Picture Books; Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People – 2015, Kindergarten to Second Grade; 2015 Schneider Family Book Award Winner, Children’s; ALA Notable Books for Children 2015, Younger Readers: 2015 Green Earth Book Award Shortlist, Picture Book; 2015 Schneider Family Book Award Winner, Children’s; 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Award, New Writer Honor

Themes: Overcoming, resilient, brave, dreams, promises, disabilities

Summary: A little boy goes to the zoo and becomes sad when he sees the animals locked up in small cages. This boy stutters, but when talking with animals he is fluent. He makes a promise to the jaguar that when he finds his voice he will speak for the animals. Read the book to follow the boys travels to speak on behalf of jaguars.

Response: Describe one of the main characters. How did the author make this character unique and believable?

This book is based off of a true story, which of course makes the character real. When looking at the author’s writing, however, the character is believable because of his stuttering and how it is less when singing or talking to animals-which is common. The boys inspiration and passion are believable because of his conviction at the zoo. The main character struggles with his disability and what others view him as. He has a dream and wants to make a difference and so he does.


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