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Can We Save the Tiger? Hardcover – February 22, 2011
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an awesome picture book for elementary age. I read it with a 5-year-old, but only because was was very, very interested in animals. Read morePublished 6 months ago by WeeBeaks