Friday, July 12, 2024

“Pat the Great Cat: A Jaguar’s Journey” launched in Belize


Pat the Great Cat

“Pat the Great Cat: A Jaguar’s Journey” and literacy in Belize was launched on Monday December 10, 2012 at Belize Elementary School on Princess Margaret Drive in Belize City. In this beautifully illustrated book, students from Belize and urban Milwaukee, Wisconsin describe the compelling world of a very special jaguar.
Written side-by-side in English and Spanish, Pat the (Great) Cat: A Jaguar’s Journey, tells a wonderful, true story and serves as an ideal educational tool, dedicated to the goal of cooperation between nations to improve literacy.
The book sparks the imagination as a resource to teach the natural history of the Americas, the Maya, geography of our hemisphere, science, ecology and conservation, creative writing, art and beauty, all through the journey of a unique, and very real, jaguar.
Using the book, Belizean and American educators developed the Literacy Project by working with Ministry of Education and Peace Corps Volunteers to develop a special curriculum for primary schools to help children create pathways to success through literacy. The Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports has endorsed the book and encourages its use as a supplementary reader in all primary schools.
For more information, please visit the Pat the (Great) Cat: A Jaguar’s Journey website at

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