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CAN WE SAVE THE TIGER? by Martin Jenkins Kirkus Star


by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Vicky White

Age Range: 5 - 9

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7636-4909-8
Publisher: Candlewick

From big, beautiful tigers to the lowly partula snail, the stunning illustrations in this album of endangered species accompany a familiar message: Human actions change the world in ways that affect many other species. Jenkins addresses readers directly, beginning by describing some extinct animals, but, unusually, he goes on to offer positive examples of once-threatened animals that have now recovered. He points out the complexity of conservation problems in the face of human needs. Close-up, highly detailed oil-and-pencil illustrations by an exceptionally talented natural-history illustrator bring 28 different animals right into readers' laps. The oversized volume, with its generous white space and varied typefaces, can easily be shared with a group as well. Along with the conversational narrative introduction, each animal is identified with its Latin name and other important facts. At the end, suggestions for further Web research and a concept index is illustrated with a picture of a rare orchid, reminding readers that the problem is not limited to the animal world. This is a treasure for teachers and animal lovers alike. (Informational picture book. 5-9)