A Boy and A Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz, illustrated by Catia Chien is a stirring book. It stirs emotionally because it is a true story about a boy that stutters. It stirs the imagination because it ignites passion. It stirs the senses because it is illustrated beautifully.
Rabinowitz is a stutterer and CEO of Panthera, a nonprofit organization devoted to protecting the world's thirty-six wildcat species. He whispered a promise to a jaguar and he kept his promise.
The illustrations are acrylic and charcoal pencil. They are rendered in deep hues that takes the stirring farther than the words alone.
I'll use this with Kindergarten to Fifth graders. It's a picture book, an informational text, and a encouragement for anyone with a disability and a passion.