A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz and Catia Chien (Illustrator)


A Boy and a Jaguar is based on the life of author Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, and describes his lifelong issues with stuttering.

While on a trip to the Bronx Zoo, a young Alan becomes sad at seeing his favorite animal, a jaguar, locked away in a cage. Alan knows just how the jaguar feels as his own speech challenges leave him feeling lonely and misunderstood.

Alan loves all animals and finds it easier to talk to them without stuttering. He makes a promise to the animals that once he finds his voice he will be their voice.

Beautifully illustrated by Catia Chien, this book delivers a powerful message about overcoming disability and will encourage any child to make a positive difference in the world.

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Over three million Americans stutter. Most people that stutter are self-conscious about their stuttering and often let their disability overcome their lives.

tricks that stutterers learn – when not to speak, when to avoid situations and when to just not be around people” – Dr. Alan Rabinowitz

Dr. Alan Rabinowitz is a conservationist, zoologist and spokesperson for the Stuttering Foundation of America. He is an advocate for stutterers and believes he was lucky to have been given the “gift of stuttering” which led him to his passion of saving big cats.

Here are a few recommendations of children’s books featuring characters with stuttering and other speech impairments.

*If you have any books in this category you would like recommend I would love to hear about them.



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