Pat the Great Cat

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Pat the Great Cat: A Jaguar’s Journey

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Pat the Great Cat tells the story of a down-on-his-luck jaguar, Pat, rescued from the forest in Belize, Central America and given a home at the Milwaukee County Zoo. To tell the full story, SHARP students (over 1,400 from 16 schools) researched numerous themes including Mayan culture, animal rehabilitation and rainforest ecology. They wrote poems, songs, letters, and reflections; created art; and published newspapers – all in response to the exciting and engaging presentations about this noble great cat. Author and educator Bethany Ganz O’Day, ind the students’ writings into an engaging narrative and artist Francisco Mora developed illustrations based on student art work. Additionally, students from Pat’s native Belize have also contributed their ideas and creativity to this project.

Published 2011.

Funded by John and Nancy Kennedy, Johnson Controls Foundation, Rockwell Automation, Harley-Davidson Foundation, Pentair Foundation, Vinai and Barbara Thummalapally, and the Puelicher Foundation.

Explore a few pages of this very special journey!