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Can We Save the Tiger?

Can We Save the Tiger?

Spring 2011 Non-Fiction
Ages: 5 - 7 yrs.
Author: Martin Jenkins
Illustrator: Vicki White
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763649098
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Author and conservation biologist Martin Jenkins, consultant for the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, has teamed with illustrator Vicky White, former zookeeper and current wildlife artist, to create Can We Save the Tiger, their second picture book collaboration. Young biologists might pick up this book for its elegant illustrations, but they'll spend time with it for its thoughtful exploration of extinct and endangered species. There is no sugar coating here. The first page declares, "The world's quite a big place, you know", but that human changes to the world have overrun the habitats of many species now extinct. We will never see a live dodo, great auk, or a marsupial wolf. We might, however, be able to save the species barely surviving today. Tigers are one of the most charismatic species alive, and readers are likely to be familiar with their plight. Author Martin Jenkins takes care to address less popular, but still at risk, species like the tiny Partula snail and the not-so-pretty white-rumped vulture. He ends his book on a cautiously hopeful note, relating the story of several species revived from near extinction. The book's index and list of additional resources online ensure that this book will be a launch pad for further research.

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