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Can We Save the Tiger?by Martin Jenkins
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The team behind the award-winning APE returns with an inspiring look at a range of endangered species sure to engage every child who loves animals.
Tigers are pretty special — and so are ground iguanas and partula snails and even white-rumped vultures. But these and many other animals are in danger of disappearing altogether, joining the dodo, the marsupial wolf, the great auk, and countless other animals we will never see again. Using the experiences of a few endangered species as examples, Martin Jenkins highlights the ways human behavior can either threaten or conserve the amazing animals that share our planet. Vicky Whites stunning portraits of rare creatures offer a glimpse of natures grace and beauty — and give us a powerful reason to preserve it.
"Magnificent artwork and a careful balance of good and bad news are the strengths of this examination of endangered species from the team behind Ape. Tigers are not the only threatened species Jenkins follows; he also discusses partula snails (the victim of a plan to introduce new snail species to the Pacific islands where they live) and white-rumped vultures (whose numbers have been decimated by toxic drugs administered to the cattle whose carcasses they eat). By contrast, he also includes the comeback story of the American bison. Conversational text ('People also noticed that the vultures they did see... often looked all droopy and miserable, as if they were sick. Was there some disease, like vulture-measles or the flu, spreading across India?') explains difficult nuances of politics and sociology with verve. White's animals — meticulously drafted and shaded with the subtlest of earth tones — could almost walk off the page. The book's large trim size allows the inclusion of many sketches of creatures in a variety of positions, while intelligent design and typography decisions make each page worth lingering over. An excellent resource. Ages 5 — 7. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
The team behind the award-winning "Ape" returns with an inspiring look at a range of endangered species sure to engage every child who loves animals. Full color.
About the Author
Martin Jenkins, a conservation biologist, has written several nonfiction books for children, including Ape, Grandma Elephants in Charge, The Emperors 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 Londons Royal College of Art. She made her picture book debut with Ape. She lives in Middlesex, England.
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