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What extraordinary animal story might be next?

I am excited to be collaborating with Mims House Books on the next installment in their EXTRAORDINARY ANIMAL SERIES series.

Oldest bird in the world,

Orphaned Puma Cub,

Spider in space, and Champion bullfrog!

Can you guess what extraordinary animal might be next???

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Diego, the Galapagos Giant Tortoise: Saving a Species from Extinction

By Darcy Pattison, illustrated by Amanda Zimmerman

Stay tuned for 2022 Release date

In 1963, Ecuador established a national park to protect the Galapagos Islands. When they did a census, scientists found only 14 individuals of the Española Island tortoises. The species was almost extinct. Then, they found one more Española tortoise in the San Diego Zoo, whom they named Diego, and he was brought back to the Galapagos for a breeding program.

In 2020, Diego returned to his home island to join over 2500 other Española tortoises. This is the story of one of the most successful breeding programs in scientific history. This amazing giant tortoise species was saved by fifty years of hard work by scientists and hundreds of volunteers.

Read the story of Diego, the giant Galapagos tortoise who returned home after about 100 years after he was captured. He will now live out his life with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren on the island of his birth.


Children’s book author and indie publisher Darcy Pattison writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction books for children.

Her works have received starred PW, Kirkus, and BCCB reviews. Awards include the Irma Black Honor award, five NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books, Eureka! Nonfiction Honor book, two Junior Library Guild selections, two NCTE Notable Children’s Book in Language Arts, and a 2021 Notable Social Studies Trade Books. She’s the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist for her work in children’s literature.

Children’s book author and indie publisher Darcy Pattison writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction books for children. She grew up in the mountains of New Mexico where she helped her brothers catch spiders and insects for their collection, tried to corral horny toads, side-stepped rattlesnakes, and climbed the Continental Divide. She loves to write about wildlife, science fiction, and the kittens of KittyTube.


Children's book illustrator AMANDA ZIMMERMAN has been an art director, science illustrator, and librarian.

To feed her passion for nonfiction children's books, she visits natural history, and science museums, delving into the mysteries of dinosaurs, bugs, birds, animals, and those wily ancient humans.

Her work is in scientific journals, a book on Arabian rock art, and the exhibit Focus on Nature XII at the New York State Museum. Her debut picture book, DIEGO, THE GIANT GALAPAGOS TORTOISE, releases in 2022.

Stay tuned: she's working on a non-fiction picture book about mangroves and a story about an impertinent rabbit named Jack.



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