Jake and Ava: A Boy and a Fish (Hardcover)

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By Jonathan Balcombe, Rebecca Evans (Illustrator)
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From New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Balcombe comes this charming and affecting tale of young Jake, who on his first fishing trip with his grandfather, makes a crucial discovery when he meets Ava, an archerfish, caught on his line.

This tender tale will evoke empathy in young readers. And, the art is exquisite."

--Joyce Sidman, winner of the NCTE Award for excellence in Poetry for Children, Winner of the Sibert Medal, author of The Girl who Drew Butterflies and many other titles.

"Jake and Ava: A Boy and a Fish is a gorgeous book with a beautiful message: that all creatures love their lives just like we love ours. "

--Sy Montgomery, author of Becoming a Good Creature.

"Jonathan Balcombe's book will help children see fishes in the way they should be seen--as animals who deserve to be treated with kindness and respect. Jake and Ava is a meaningful and enjoyable story experience."

--Aysha Akhtar, MD, MPH, author of Our Symphony With Animals. On Health, Empathy and Our Shared Destinies.

Archerfishes like Ava are amazing beings. They are not only very bright but also have rich and deep emotional lives like the companion animals with whom we're more familiar. In Jake and Ava, author Jonathan Balcombe tells a story of much needed empathy and kindness from a boy to a fish that deserves a broad global audience."

--Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., author of Animals at Play and Jasper's story: Saving Moon Bears

About the Author

*Jonathan Balcombe is a biologist with a PhD in ethology, the study of animal behavior. His books include Pleasurable Kingdom, Second Nature, The Exultant Ark, and What a Fish Knows, a New York Times best-seller translated into fifteen languages. Super fly: The Unexpected Lives of the World's Most Successful Insects is forthcoming in May 2021 from Penguin Books. *Rebecca Evans is an illustrator and author living in Maryland. Her illustratuons include: Jeannie Houdini by Mary-Ann Stouck, The Gryphon Press, 2019; Is 2 a Lot: An Adventure With Numbers by Annie Watson, Tilbury House Publishers, 2019; PLANTS FIGHT BACK by Lisa Amstutz, Dawn Publications, 2020; IF ANIMALS BUILT YOUR HOUSE by Bill Wise, Dawn Publications, 2020; ALONE LIKE ME, Anne Schwartz Books, 2022.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780940719460
ISBN-10: 0940719460
Publisher: Gryphon Press
Publication Date: November 2nd, 2021
Pages: 24
Language: English