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Can We Save the Tiger? Hardcover – February 22, 2011

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About the Author

Martin Jenkins, a conservation biologist, has written several nonfiction books for children, including Ape, Grandma Elephant’s in Charge, The Emperor’s Egg, and Chameleons Are Cool. He lives in Cambridge, England.

Vicky White worked as a zookeeper for several years before earning an MA in natural history illustration from London’s Royal College of Art. She made her picture book debut with Ape. She lives in Middlesex, England.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 970L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763649090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763649098
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Catherine W. Hughes on May 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This picture book masterpiece seamlessly introduces endangered species from the tiger to the threatened polar bear, with artfully drawn illustrations. From the patula snail in the Pacific Ocean, to the whooping crane, Martin Jenkins reminds us of these species' struggles, pointing to ways that we may help. Just as with the American bison, he offers hope for the future of our species. Children ages 5-8 can rely on this book as a guide and resource to our world's endangered species.
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You will be hard-pressed to find a more beautifully written, illustrated, and laid out children's book that CAN WE SAVE THE TIGER? Or a more important one.

This book isn't about tigers. Those "big... beautiful...fierce" animals are just author Martin Jenkins' hook. His bigger aim is to shine a light on the plight of endangered species. Through age-appropriate case studies (including, yes, the tiger, but also the less well-known and hardly charismatic, yet still fascinating, partula snails and white-rumped vultures), Jenkins explains some of the main reasons species become endangered. Then he highlights buffalo as a success story, and New Zealand's flightless kakapus as an example of the difficulties conservationists can face despite their best intentions.
In between those case studies are beautifully illustrated notes about many other endangered species - some famous, some obscure.

Martin Jenkins does an excellent job explaining a subject clearly and simply, without stripping it of its complexity. Through both color and black-and-white sketches, illustrator Vicky White does a soul-stirring job of depicting each creature. Kudos to both of them.

HOWEVER... the book never attempts to address the title question: can we save the tigers? While the beauty of prose and illustration stirs the reader to WANT to save the animals, the book falls short on potential solutions or actions that average folks can take. Yes, there is a list of the websites of conservation organizations at the end of the book, but I was expecting something more. Given the misleading mismatch between the title (and the back blurb) and the subject matter, I am giving this otherwise stellar book a four.
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This is a fantastic book that I highly recommend to anyone. It is especially good for children. It is written simply and tells the story of the human impact on wildlife. The illustrations are also beautifully done.
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I'm a little afraid to read books about endangered species, because so many of them just make me sad. This one, however, is a must-read -- it's stunning. It looks at a wide range of currently endangered animals: who they are, where they live, what they look like, and the various reasons why they are endangered. The illustrations, some color and some black-and-white, are truly beautiful. Even the ones of the white-rumped vulture {found in India, Pakistan, etc.} are really cool. It also looks at species which made a comeback, like the American bison. Text-wise [and reading level-wise], this would be fine for advanced 2nd grade readers up through middle school. It's browse-able, too: a parent or teacher could just pick a few animals {like the snails on page 18} and feature them, rather than reading the whole book. This is a must-buy for school libraries, in my opinion. Amazing book.
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