Noah Gordon's children's book, Sam and Other Animal Stories
has been published in Germany and Spain in both the Spanish and Catalan languages.
The author says: "If you are a child, I wrote these stories for you. Well, actually, this book began when I told or read my stories to my grandchildren. I wanted to entertain them, but when the stories made them more interested in wild animals, it made me feel good.
"As people build more houses and shops and factories, wild animals have fewer places to live, and fewer admirers. I would like children to know that wild animals are fascinating and valuable. They are very different from stuffed animals, or pets, or animals you may see in a zoo.
"One of these stories is true. It is about my son Michael and a beautiful wild turtle. In the other stories, I imagined all the children. But the animals and birds are creatures I knew and watched when I lived for a long time on a tree farm in the hills of western Massachusetts."