Description2015 Schneider Family Book Award Winner
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 Chien explores truths not defined by the spoken word.
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About the Author
Dr. Alan Rabinowitz is a global leader in the field of big cat preservation and research. He's dedicated his life to two causes: protecting wild cats around the world, and advocating for fellow stutterers. Visit his organization's website at www.panthera.org .The illustrator Catia Chien lives in Pasadena, California. Visit her website at www.catiachien.com .
"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."
--Publisher's Weekly, starred review
* "Moving and sweetly resonant."
--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."
--School Library Journal
"Kids with speech issues, and those who bond with animals more easily than with fellow humans, will especially relate to Rabinowitz's emotionally honest narrative."