About “The Tale of Jacob Swift”

Tale of Jacob Swift Working Cover

A photo fiction book in the same genre as Golden Sower Award finalist Have You Seen Mary?, The Tale of Jacob Swift tells the story of two swift fox brothers trying to survive on the shortgrass prairies of North America. Photographed by the award-winning Rob Palmer, The Tale of Jacob Swift is an endearing story about the struggles, and triumphs, one family goes through to raise their son in a harsh, but beautiful, landscape.

Praise for The Tale of Jacob Swift

“Some nature books for children are so good for you they’re no fun to read. Others are fun, but don’t teach anything. Jacob Swift is one of those rare books that manages to tell a compelling story while simultaneously infusing its young reader with a wealth of information about the natural world. Illustrated with Rob Palmer’s phenomenal photographs of swift foxes and their Great Plains landscape, this is a book both kids and adults will be happy to read over and over. Because of that, Jacob Swift will both entertain and educate many people about an important place very few are aware of: The Great Plains of North America.

– Chris Helzer, ecologist and author of The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States

“Kurrus hit another home run with this one!”

– Vikki Gremel, Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival