The True Story of an Amazing Baboon
by KT Johnston
Pub Date 01 Feb 2020
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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.
For ages 8-12.
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.
About the Illustrator: 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.