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Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma: The True Story of an Orphaned Cub
     

Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma: The True Story of an Orphaned Cub

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by Darcy Pattison, Kitty Harvill (Illustrator)
 

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***NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book 2015***

A POIGNANT STORY OF LOSS AND SURVIVAL

In the midst of a sugar cane field, within sight of skyscrapers, a mother puma was raising her cubs. Feeding growing cubs is difficult in an urban environment. One night, she found easy prey, chickens. The angry chicken farmer set an illegal

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***NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book 2015***

A POIGNANT STORY OF LOSS AND SURVIVAL

In the midst of a sugar cane field, within sight of skyscrapers, a mother puma was raising her cubs. Feeding growing cubs is difficult in an urban environment. One night, she found easy prey, chickens. The angry chicken farmer set an illegal trap and caught the mother puma. She didn’t survive. Now, the search was on for orphaned cubs. Would the scientists be able to find the cubs before their time runs out?

This touching story brings to life the increasing difficulty of wildlife to survive as cities encroach on their habitats. Cutting edge environmental scientists are working to create wildlife corridors, or safe travel zones from one wild spot to another. Until they succeed, Abayomi’s tragic story will play out over and over.

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.

Named a 2015 National Science Teacher’s Association Outstanding Science Trade Book, it includes information on the puma species and the conservation efforts in Brazil.

Read this heartwarming story of an orphaned puma cub and be inspired.

OTHER BOOKS BY PATTISON/HARVILL

Wisdom, the Midway Albatross: Surviving the Japanese Tsunami and Other Disasters for Over 60 Years

Starred Publisher's Weekly Review

  • “. . .Pattison writes crisply and evocatively. . .”
  • “Harvill contributes carefully detailed and naturalistic illustrations. . .”

FROM THE AUTHOR

One of the most amazing things about Abayomi's story is that he was born within sight of skyscrapers, in a very urban world. Yet the farmer who owned the land where he was born said he had never, in his 40 years of farming, seen a puma. It struck me that they are invisible in the land. And the tables are turned: in order for Abayomi to successfully return to the wild, the scientists must remain invisible. I also love that Kitty Harvill, the illustrator of my last nature book for kids, WISDOM, THE MIDWAY ALBATROSS, returned to work on this book. Her illustrations are awesome.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
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.
From the Publisher
". . .poetic moments. . ." and ". . .muted, realistic portraits. . ." Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781629440019
Publisher:
Mims House
Publication date:
01/17/2014
Pages:
34
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.07(d)
Age Range:
5 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Translated into nine languages, children's book author Darcy Pattison writes picture books, middle grade novels, and children's nonfiction. Previous titles include The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman (Harcourt), Searching for Oliver K. Woodman (Harcourt), The Wayfinder (Greenwillow), 19 Girls and Me (Philomel), Prairie Storms (Sylvan Dell), Desert Baths (Desert Baths), and Wisdom, the Midway Albatross (Mims House.) Her work has been recognized by **starred reviews** in Kirkus, BCCB, and PW. Desert Baths was named a 2013 Outstanding Science Trade Book and the Library Media Connection, Editor's Choice. She is a member of the Society of Children's Bookwriters and Illustrators and the Author's Guild. For more information, see darcypattison.com.

Kitty Harvill specializes in wildlife art, especially endangered species, and works in watercolor, pastel, oil and cut paper. She has a dual residency in Arkansas/U.S. and Brazil and is actively involved with the conservation efforts in southern Brazil. Recent titles include Wisdom, the Midway Albatross (Mims House), Up, Up, Up! It's Apple-
Picking Time (Holiday House) and Vida Livre (published in Brazil). Born in Clarksville, Tennessee, Harvill holds degrees in painting and illustration. For more information, see www.facebook.com/KittyHarvill.

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Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma: The True Story of an Orphaned Cub 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love pumas. The cubs are so cute