This is a true story about a boy, his connection to animals, and how he became the “Indiana Jones of wildlife conservation”.
The book opens: “I’m standing in the great cat house at the Bronx Zoo. Why is this jaguar kept in a bare room? I wonder. I lean toward my favorite animal and whisper to her.”
Alan Rabinowitz loves the jaguar. He can talk to her. He also loves his chameleon, gerbil, and snake. He can talk to them, too. The only animals he can’t talk to are human. Alan stutters, and no one – not his dad or his teachers – can understand him. So when he talks to his animals, Alan promises that if he can ever find his voice, he will be their voice and keep them from harm.
When he grows up, Alan studies jaguars. But they are being hunted nearly to extinction. Alan knows he has to protect them – and that means talking to government officials.
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