Explore the secrets of the Amazon jungle creatures in this comic book of children's fables.
The funny comic strips in this book feature facts about jungle animals drawn from actual field observations made by the conservation scientist authors.
Natural history and ecology are fascinating but complex subjects. What better way to discover them than through a comic that is both funny and scientifically accurate? A perfect learning resource for nature-loving kids and adults, as well as for science teachers!
Fables of the Amazon
What you will discover:
Eleven comic strip short fables featuring a wide array of South American jungle animals. Each fable comes with an ecology lesson.
An intimate look at the secret lives of wild guinea pigs, rare macaws, jaguars, leaf-cutter ants, the elusive Maned Wolf, and many others.
The authors' own natural history notes from the field with photos and cartoons.
Meet the quirky and unique animal characters of the mighty Amazon forest by buying this book!
A word about the authors
Conservation scientists Dr Louise Emmons and Alan J. Hesse have decades of field experience in the jungles of South America. Their unique, personal knowledge of wild animals and the secrets of the tropical forest is revealed in these short stories, brought to life by the humour of cartoons.
Based in biodiversity-rich Ecuador, Alan wears several hats: he is an author-illustrator, an educator and a conservation biologist. Alan’s work is inspired by the majesty and fragility of nature and the need to do everything we can to protect it.
Alan combines his artistic creativity with his technical experience and knowledge to create scientifically accurate, educational children’s books full of quirky, comic humour and fun action, and usually bearing a message about how everyone can help preserve Nature.
Alan draws the artwork in his comic or picture books by hand and then edits it all digitally.
He is the author of five educational comic books for middle grade children, among which his main ongoing focus is the Captain Polo series about climate change.
Alan is also the author of 3 climate change-themed picture books for children within the 6-8 age range.
Check it all out on Alan’s website, AJH Education Comics and Cartoons: https://alanhesse.com
Who is better prepared for a sudden wildfire - the cricket enjoying a martini in a hammock, or the ants slavishly carrying pieces of leaves and soil back to their nest?
This comic-strip story, one of 11 in my book co-authored with wildlife ecologist Louise Emmons, was directly inspired by the timeless fables of La Fontaine, which I enjoyed reading over and over when I was a kid.
I believe much of humanity is similar to the cricket, enjoying the moment with little thought for what's coming. COVID19 is an example of this: as human consumption continues to degrade natural systems, we will be exposed to more such pandemics. Its time to learn from the ants and practice restraint: prepare for the future!