The Jaguar's Story


Children - Picture Book
48 Pages
Reviewed on 08/12/2019
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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

The Jaguar’s Story by Kosa Ely is an informative and special story about Chasca and Inti. A pair of Jaguar cubs, Chasca and Inti live with their mama in the rainforest. Their days are spent swimming, befriending others and learning how to roar loudly. One day, their rainforest is invaded by big machines on the land and in the sky and the cubs are scared for their lives. One night they make a run for it with their mama and set off on a journey that will surprise, delight and scare them as they try to find a safe place to live. An informative but cute book with plenty of colorful illustrations and lots of facts. Join in the game as you try to find as many animals, insects, flowers, mammals and reptiles as you can.

The Jaguar’s Story by Kosa Ely is a wonderful book, not just for children – adults can learn a lot from this too. The illustrations by Radhe Gendron are amazing, helping to bring the story truly alive. This isn’t just a kids story. This is an emotional journey, incredibly educational, teaching children to care for their planet, for their future, and to think hard about protecting the environment they live in. The extra facts at the end of the book are a great idea and they really bring home the fact that Jaguars, and other animals like them, really are an endangered species and if we don’t learn to look after what we have, we will lose it forever. This is a great story that is written in simple language, easy to understand and I am certain that kids everywhere will love it. It should be included in all school reading lists too!

Vernita Naylor

Did you know that jaguars are becoming extinct, along with the tiger, cheetah and the black panther? These cats or felines are within the Felidae species. The Jaguar's Story by Kosa Ely is a beautifully illustrated, colorful children’s picture book about survival, and love between a mama and her cubs. Breathe in, embrace, and enjoy the colorful illustrations by Radhe Gendron as you explore The Jaguar's Story. Walk through the Amazon rainforest with Mama and her children, Chasca and Inti, as they are born and taught what it takes to survive in the forest. In The Jaguar's Story, children will get a chance to not only learn about these elements of living in the forest, but witness the beauty of the Amazon rainforest where they will see the trees, various types of flowers, butterflies and animals. Additionally, children will get a chance to learn so much more about jaguars from how their eyes remain shut for at least ten days after they're born to learning about the black panther which is another type of jaguar.

I truly enjoyed reading The Jaguar's Story by Kosa Ely, not only because of the educational factor, but the beauty of the story which was accompanied by pages upon pages of colorful illustrations of the Amazon rainforest. The way the story and pictures were laid out added such realism to The Jaguar's Story. Children will enjoy not only reading about jaguars, but will enjoy looking at the illustrations over and over again. The added bonus of providing information on those that live in the Amazon rainforest - from the trees, flowers, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals to the insects - was such a great treat, especially for those of us that love nature. Do your part and help change this pattern of extinction for not only the jaguars and other animals, but for the Amazon rainforest.