Gavin and Rosie versus Henry and Harvey

In 1998, Gavin shared his children’s theater manuscript and lyrics with me called, A Lesson in the Jungle. It is a heart-warming story of how two hunters, Henry and Harvey, go to Africa to hunt animals. They don’t hurt the animals; they just want to catch them and sell them to a large zoo back home. The story goes on to tell us how the animals were afraid of the hunters and would try to hide in the jungle. How a friendly witchdoctor does some magic and frees the animals from their cages. With an ending you will have to someday read for yourself. This marvelous story is also filled with catchy lyrics.  I find myself singing to them daily. This production has been performed on stage in Europe and the United States. We want to make sure that Gavin’s stories not only get performed on stage but also get printed into books. Every child in this world should experience his amazing stories and songs!

I found out first hand, when Gavin rescued a turtle from heavy traffic, just how much he appreciates animals and what lengths he would go to save them.

(Rosie on a turtle at Como Zoo)

Numerous times last summer, Gavin would surprise me by bringing Mr. Frog into the house! I love Gavin’s enthusiasm and I was excited to be able to take this great photo.

We went to Reptile Gardens in South Dakota and Como Zoo in Minnesota. We really enjoyed the variety of animals we interacted with. Here is a photo of Gavin with alligators lurking behind him.  Yes, I know, it would have been great to see Gavin wrestle with them or better yet to have had him turn into the witchdoctor from his story, A Lesson in the Jungle, releasing them from their cages!

Perhaps, Gavin’s love of animals happened the moment he held his first monkey. I love this adorable photo of Gavin and his brother so much I have to share it with you!

(Gavin and his brother with zoo friends)

This summer, we are looking forward to searching for new nature spots to find animals to save. Remembering God decided to save Noah and his family and at least one pair of each kind of animal … we have a lot of work ahead of us. Wish us luck :)

Have a good day!

Until next time, Rosie and Gavin

11 thoughts on “Gavin and Rosie versus Henry and Harvey

  1. I love this.. sweet pictures of you both as young children. The story sounds like it would be fun to read; at any age. :o )

  2. I loved that story – my kids loved that turtle at Como Zoo – we have lots of pictures of that too! What fond memories your story brought back! Thanks

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