Monday, July 8, 2013

Can we Save the Tiger?

Author: Martin Jenkins
Illustrated: Vicky White
Publisher:  Candlewick
Publication Year:   2011
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell

Awards:   School Library Journal Best Books, Kirkus Best Books, Outstanding Science Trade Book, ALA Notable, Horn Book Honor, Cybils Award Finalist

Summary:  The book begins with a description of extinct species like the dodo bird and then moves on to endangered ones. In very kid friendly language, Martin describes the plight of these animals as well as the difficulties that surround saving them from extinction. The font changes size for key phrases (they're big, they're fierce, tigers are beautiful). White's pencil sketches are perfect for the topic- looking almost like you could find them in a scientist's field notebook. Some of them included very subtle watercolors and the captions are done in a handwriting font with facts about the animals. The familiar tone encourages young readers to read more, but never talks down to them.

Classroom Ideas: A classroom study of animals that are extinct or endangered.

Extras: A list of websites where the reader can find more information about endangered animals.

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