Dutton Juvenile, 9780525471554, 40pp.
Publication Date: August 25, 2003
For a small jaguar, Jag's got a great big roar, and she's a good climber, too. But the mighty hunter Jag has a secret: she's terrified of water. She worries about starting school, where there will be swimming lessons. "What if everyone laughs at me?" Jag asks her mother on the first day. Indeed, the other jaguars start jeering as soon as they hear her nickname. Just before Jag's secret is discovered, another student arrives and becomes the new object of ridicule. Torn between wanting to fit in and wanting to help, Jag finally stands up to her peers and her fears and makes a new friend.
Young schoolgoers will be inspired by Jag's feistiness and friendliness in this story about resisting peer pressure and trying new things.
Illustrated by Richard Bernal.