An Incredible Signature: Thanks, Marcia and Sergio!


As writers, we put our books out into the world, and they take on a life of their own, apart from us. But sometimes, we get an echo back about what the book is doing, who is reading it and how they are affected. This week, I had one of those incredible, amazing and powerful moments.

Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma

Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma in English. Named an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book 2015. | Brazilian/Portuguese version of Abayomi. Released in Brazil Summer 2015. | Fiction Notes by Darcy Pattison

When I worked on the story of an orphaned puma cub from Brazil, the scientists involved were incredibly generous with their time and information. Dr. Marcia Goncalves Rodrigues and Sergio A.P. Ferreira made this book possible. With the publication of the Brazilian translation, they are able to go into the schools with Project Abayomi and do education of teachers and students. Recently, over 500 teachers listened the story of the plight of pumas and other wildlife in urban areas of Brazil.

That’s exciting news, for sure. To see a book travel to a different country and start to make a difference is amazing.

And then, I received this special version of the Portuguese version of the book. What’s so special about it? Why am I grinning so crazily?

Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma, personalized with a signature from the puma himself. |

This book was signed by Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma himself. That’s his paw print. Thanks, Marcia and Sergio for allowing me to be part of Abayomi’s story.

Because Abayomi himself signed this book. When the puma was receiving a regular medical checkup, Sergio inked his paw and added his paw print to my book. This is one of those teary moments when you realize that a book isn’t JUST a book. It’s an idea. Pumas face very real dangers from loss of habitat and urban encroachment on their habitat. It’a a small thing to write a book; but a small book can have a huge impact. Thanks, Marcia and Sergio for allowing me the privilege of having a small part in Abayomi’s story. It’s been incredible.

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  • Sonja Anderson
    July 31, 2015

    As a new author (Sophie’s Quest, a middle-grade novel that just debuted in June!), my eyes welled up with tears of joy for you at your description of the impact your story is having around the world. I can only imagine how that must have felt for you to see the paw print signature! That is truly special. Thank you for sharing that!

  • Beth Anderson
    July 31, 2015

    That’s awesome! A goose-bumper! That has to be best reward ever for all the work that went into the book. Congratulations!

  • Damon Dean
    July 31, 2015

    Wow, what a treasure that paw print must feel like. There are the kinds of Moments I dream about as a Writer._ Thanks for sharing something so special.

  • Darcy Pattison
    July 31, 2015

    Thanks! It’s really amazing.

  • Darcy Pattison
    July 31, 2015

    There are many, many rewards for writing a book. But this was one of the most unexpected.

  • Darcy Pattison
    July 31, 2015

    I could never have even dreamed this one!

  • Elizabeth Varadan
    August 1, 2015

    How special to have that paw print signature. And congratulations on the impact your book is having.

  • Darcy Pattison
    August 2, 2015

    Thanks, Elizabeth! It’s a great thing to see a “child” do well in the world.

  • SueBE
    August 5, 2015

    Oh, wow. That is just the coolest thing ever. Marcia is so thoughtful!