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Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma : The True Story of an Orphaned Cub
by Darcy Pattison and Kitty Harvill


Overview - A mother puma, an attempt to steal a chicken and an angry chicken farmer-the search is on for orphaned cubs. Will the scientists be able to find the cubs before their time runs out? In this "Biography in Text and Art," Harvill takes original photos as references to create accurate wildlife illustrations.  Read more...

 
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More About Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma by Darcy Pattison; Kitty Harvill
 
 
 
Overview
A mother puma, an attempt to steal a chicken and an angry chicken farmer-the search is on for orphaned cubs. Will the scientists be able to find the cubs before their time runs out? In this "Biography in Text and Art," Harvill takes original photos as references to create accurate wildlife illustrations. These aren't generic cats, but one particular individual in detail. Pattison's careful research, vetted by scientists in the field, brings to life this this true story of an infant cub that must face a complicated world alone-and find a way to survive. Praise for Wisdom, the Midway Albatross: Surviving the Japanese Tsunami and other Disasters for Over 60 Years ." . .Pattison writes crisply and evocatively. . ." "Harvill contributes carefully detailed and naturalistic illustrations. . ." --Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781629440019
  • ISBN-10: 1629440019
  • Publisher: Mims House
  • Publish Date: January 2014
  • Page Count: 34
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-12
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.07 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.18 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-04-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Pattison and Harvill, who collaborated on Wisdom, the Midway Albatross, return with another real-life animal survival story. This one focuses on a puma cub, born in Brazil in 2012, who was orphaned after his mother was captured by a local chicken farmer. Pattison briefly discusses the problems that human development poses for Brazil's pumas before moving on to the cub, named Abayomi ("happy meeting") by his rescuers. The writing alternates between poetic moments ("How does a puma cub survive without his mother? He must hunt") and reportorial passages, including an account of how Abayomi's mother was captured, which bogs down with extraneous detail ("Suddenly, at 2:15 a.m., on November 27, she was caught in the chicken coop trap"). Tense changes distract, and Abayomi's story ends inconclusively, drawing murky parallels between the invisibility of wild pumas to humans and scientists' need to remain out of sight while caring for the cub. Harvill's muted, realistic portraits of Brazilian fauna and flora give a strong sense of the pumas' threatened natural habitat. Endnotes provide addition information and resources. Ages 6–12.

 
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