Railway Jack: The True Story of an Amazing Baboon

Railway Jack: The True Story of an Amazing Baboon

Railway Jack: The True Story of an Amazing Baboon

Railway Jack: The True Story of an Amazing Baboon


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Jim was a South African railway inspector in the late 1800s who lost his legs in an accident while at work. Unable to perform all his tasks with his disability but desperate to keep his job, Jim discovered a brilliant solution, a baboon named Jack. Jim trained Jack to help him both at home and at the depot. But when the railway authorities and the public discovered a monkey on the job, Jack and Jim had to work together to convince everyone that they made a great team. This inspiring true story celebrates the history of service animals and a devoted friendship.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684460885
Publisher: Capstone
Publication date: 02/01/2020
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 263,439
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

KT found history a boring subject in school - but now it's the passion of her writing. She earned a degree in biology and conducted animal behavior studies before switching to a corporate career. After raising two children and several litters of curly-coated retrievers, KT began writing, spotlighting special animals who had affected the lives of everyday people. She and her husband live in Minneapolis where the four-legged members of their family have always been special. KT hopes to inspire others to be curious about the world, one true story at a time.

Cesar Samaniego was born in Barcelona on 1975. He grew up with an artist father, smelling his father's oils, reading his comic books, and trying to paint over his father's illustrations! He attended Llotja Arts and Crafts School and graduated with honors in 2010. Since then he has published many books and provided art for apps, textbooks, and animations. Cesar lives in Canet de Mar, a small town on the coast of Barcelona, with his wife, daughter, five cats, and a crazy dog.


A true story about a man, his baboon service animal, and their great friendship; a fascinating look at the inner workings of railway depots in the 1800s; content-rich narrative nonfiction for upper elementary readers; inspiring story of problem-solving and living with a disability; lots of backmatter with photos and additional info on the story, the history of service animals, and baboons; strong industry sales for books about service animals (e.g., Tuesday Tucks Me In and Rescue and Jessica); no other picture books on the market about this true story.

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