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

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ABAYOMI, THE BRAZILIAN PUMA: The True Story of an Orphaned Cub

by Darcy Pattison, illustrated by Kitty Harvill

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

When a mother puma, an attempt to steal a chicken, she is caught in a trap and dies. 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.

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Starred Publisher's Weekly Review
  • “. . .Pattison writes crisply and evocatively. . .”

  • “Harvill contributes carefully detailed and naturalistic illustrations. . .”