A Boy and a Jaguar
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 conservati...more
Also - if you ever come across a jaguar - just kneel down and look it in the eye. Best way to say "thank you" respectfully and avoid getting eaten apparently.
I have tremendous respect for Mr. Rabinowitz and the work he does with animals. I think I'm probably the only cold hearted ass hole who didn't love his book.
Alan Robinowitz tells his story of growing up with a severe stutter. He struggles and is misunderstood at school, leaving him feeling like he is “broken.” However, he can speak fluently to animals. When visiting the zoo, he promises a jaguar that if he can find his voice, he will be their voice. He goes to college and enters a program to help with his stutter. ...more
Later in life, Rabinowitz learns how to speak without s ...more
I really enjoyed this book. The story has a lovely parallelism and Alan Rabinowitz captures his feelings about stuttering in a way that children will be able ...more
The boy in this book, struggles with stuttering and with communication with his family and peers. This frustrates and humiliates him. He can only seem to find his voice when he is among animals, which leads him to become one of the biggest voices in wildlife conservation. He finds himself in a political situation where he can either save animals or not... he "can't stutter or distract from the message" and ...more
Based on the author experience, this story is about love friendship, respect for the envir ...more