Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 Schneider Family Book Award Winner

A Boy and a Jaguar is an autobiographical picture book about and by wildlife conservationist Alan Rabinowitz.  In it, he tells how his stuttering as a child led to his passion to protect jaguars and other animals.  This book won the 2015 American Library Association Schneider Family Book Award in the children's category "for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences."  Catia Chien's acrylic and charcoal pencil illustrations help the reader feel the enormity of the isolation Rabinowitz sometimes felt as a child, as well as the possibilities of the huge forests and jungles he finds so rewarding as an adult.  Rabinowitz's book will be inspiring for any children who stutter (and their friends, families, and classmates).

© Amanda Pape - 2015

[The call number for A Boy and a Jaguar is QL83 .R33 2014.]

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