Alan Robinwitz feels like a broken boy because of his stutter. His only source of feeling whole is being around animals, especially jaguars. He makes a vow to be a voice for these creatures- and follows through in this inspiring true story.
Mark Twain became a hugely celebrated public figure for his incredible way with words, using them not only to make people laugh- which he did so successfully- but also to explore/expose certain faults of American society. His private life was full of one heartbreaking loss after another and a rollercoaster ride of triumphs and failures. I was just in awe of the way he lived his life and the talent- especially his wit- that I can only wish to fraction of. He was an amazing man and I think deserves all the praise he gets.
This picture book is a fun retelling of his life as told by one of his most famous characters- Huckleberry Finn. The writing style may be difficult for young readers not familiar with dialects. The illustrations are very dynamic.
If you want to know more about Mark Twain, watch the Ken Burns documentary about this celebrated writer. Told through photographs and Twain’s own words with insights from scholars and writers, it was an enjoyable way to learn about someone who I was only familiar with through having read a couple of his books- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn– as a schoolboy. I will definitely be reading more of his works.