Books by Joan Hewett

A TIGER CUB GROWS UP by Joan Hewett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Some little tiger cubs grow up with their mothers, but this one born in Six Flags Marine World, a wild animal park in California, is raised entirely by human keepers. Lots of pictures show the infant tiger drinking from a bottle, taking a first bath, smooching and cuddling with her human keepers, walking on a leash, and joining the adult tigers in the exhibit. Easy-reading text offers somewhat stilted explanations of what the color photos show. "It is time for a checkup. The bright lights are scary. The tiger cub roars." The author notes, "Tigers can be trained to do what people want them to do. But tigers cannot be tamed." In an afterword, she states: "Many zoos and wild animal parks breed captive Bengal tigers. One day, some of these tigers may be returned to the wild." Animal theme parks use this line to justify breeding and keeping endangered animals as exhibits, but conservationists may be saddened by this effort to turn wild animals into cute displays. (Nonfiction. 4-6)Read full book review >
TIGER, TIGER, GROWING UP by Joan Hewett
ANIMALS
Released: April 20, 1993

From the time when, at a week old, she's given to her human foster mother (Mary) until nine months later, when she joins the adult tigers in their moated compound at Marine World Africa USA (in Vallejo, California), the experiences of Tara, a Bengal tiger cub, are depicted in a straightforward text and dozens of color photos. Hewett explains how the tigers are raised ``to accept people as their friends and protectors''; at night, Tara goes home with Mary, who keeps her in a playpen, plays with her, and teaches her to be gentle and affectionate. As Tara gets older, her experiences broaden; she even visits a classroom. As far as it goes, it's an appealing account, though there's a curious silence on why the cubs are raised by humans, what has become of the 60 Mary has raised, and what role (if any) the process has in preserving the species. The photos are outstanding—blown up to fill the generously sized pages or in delightful sequences of related frames, they present the little tiger as a lithe, healthy specimen and an enchanting personality. (Nonfiction. 5-10) Read full book review >
PUBLIC DEFENDER by Joan Hewett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

Janice Fukai, a public defender for Los Angeles County, represents people who cannot afford private attorneys. Author and photographer follow Fukai from early a.m. arraignments through preliminary hearings, plea bargaining, jury selection, and a trial, including pithy quotes from Fukai on the criminal justice system, her clients, and the public defender system. The many b&w photos—taken in the courtroom, hallways, and lock-up—capture the energy, determination, and grit of this dedicated young Japanese-American. An appealing, upbeat portrait that provides a good overview of the criminal justice system as well as career information. Glossary; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 10- 14) Read full book review >