Claude is the story of the California Academy of Sciences' beloved albino alligator, from his birth in Louisiana to his present day life in his swamp at the Academy.
EMMA BLAND SMITH is a librarian and author of children's fiction and nonfiction. Her picture book debut, Journey- Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West, won the 2017 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award for children's literature and the 2017 Cook Prize, which honors the best STEM picture book published for children aged eight to ten. Many of Emma's books feature real-life animals--wolves, dogs, pigs, and alligators. Emma lives in San Francisco with her family, which includes a dog and a cat (but no alligator). Visit her online at EmmaBSmith.com. JENNIFER POTTER is an illustrator living in San Francisco. When she's not busy drawing, she loves visiting the city's many parks and museums with her husband. She has visited Claude many times, and is thrilled he agreed to let her draw him.
"But Claude's story, so deftly captured by Smith and Potter, offers
more than information about an albino alligator. As a shared
read-aloud between adult and child, the book prompts discussions
about adaptation, race, acceptance and the environment."--San
"The theme of rejection due to difference is an intrinsic part of Claude's story, so readers develop sympathy and empathy as they also learn facts about albinism and animal behavior."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"Ultimately, Claude's hopeful tale is a celebration of individuality and the joy in finding those who appreciate you for exactly who you are."--Booklist
"an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library Pets/Wildlife picture book collections for children"--Midwest Book Review
"In the colorful full-page illustrations, the people who care for and who enjoy Claude are portrayed as providing a cheerful, attentive background presence. They model reactions that would help make this an inspiring addition to First-day school or a Quaker home library."--Friends Journal