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Can We Save the Tiger?

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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
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Hardcover, 56 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Candlewick (first published February 1st 2011)
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Colby Sharp
I am trying to read more nonfiction. In the last couple of days I have read both Kapako Rescue and Can we Save the Tiger? If I can find more nonfiction like these two books I will read a lot more nonfiction.

I might even say this is my favorite nonfiction book that I have ever read.
Rachel Watkins
Nov 18, 2013 Rachel Watkins rated it it was amazing
This exquisite book is illustrated with love and care. Just as we should love and care for endangered animals. Tigers, iguanas, and vultures are all at risk and Jenkins uses examples of animals we HAVE saved to show how there is hope in saving amazing yet threatened animals.
Jennifer
Mar 09, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Lovely illustrations, and great information but not overwhelming. An excellent introduction to the concept of endangered and extinct animals. Lyrical and factual both. Good for 5 – 9 years old.
Puddlyduck
This is an intelligently written book, that is filled with thought-provoking facts and stunning illustrations. Can We Save The Tiger is an absolute MUST for any library.
Sarah
May 17, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
A very readable overview of endangered animals, with beautiful line drawings. Show the variety of animals and factors that lead to animals being endangered.
Edward Sullivan
Absolutely stunning! Troubling but hopeful. Pair this title with J. Patrick Lewis's Swan Song: Poems of Extinction (Creative Editions, 2003).
Betsy
Jul 06, 2011 Betsy rated it it was amazing
One Sentence Review: Great nonfiction with an ecological bent that's significantly different from a lot of the standard fare out there.
Sam Bloom
Any book that mentions the kakapo gets bonus points.
Christine
Jul 17, 2013 Christine rated it liked it
Can We Save the Tiger?
Written by Martin Jenkins and illustrated Vicky White
Audience: Primary; K-3: Ages 5-8
Genre: Non-Fiction

Awards: Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books of 2011
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2012
School Library Journal Best Books of 2011, Nonfiction
ALA Notable Children 's Book 2012
2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, Nonfiction
2012 CCBC Choices
2011 Cybils Awards, Nonfiction Picture Books, Finalist

Can We Save the Tiger? (2011), written by Martin Jenkins, Is a
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Rory Scott Douglas
Dec 04, 2013 Rory Scott Douglas rated it it was amazing
It isn't often that factual texts can be as accessible and pleasing to the eye as Martin Jenkins recent title 'can we save the tiger?'. The book fuses short choppy fact files with more in depth causal histories that explain why animals can become extinct and that it is within our power to stop these declines.

Aimed at slightly older readers (between 9-12) the book has gorgeous illustrations that convey the importance and beauty of a variety of animals that have suffered due to human influence. Th
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Kate
Dec 23, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing
This beautifully illustrated book begins with a question on the title page and through its conversational tone, introduces young readers to animals that have been lost to extinction over the years, animals that are in danger, and animals that are recovering, thanks in part to awareness. Without preaching, this gentle text inspires wonder and respect for the space and resources animals need and issues a quiet challenge not to stand by while more are lost. The art in this book is simply stunning - ...more
Melody Costa
Dec 09, 2011 Melody Costa rated it it was amazing
"Can We Save the Tiger?" is a beautifully written and illustrated children's book about the animals that are extinct or endangered because of what humans have done to their habitat. However it isn't one of those preachy books about global warming (I'm kinda sick of those). Instead it encourages people to really think about the effect our choices have on the animal species that live around us. We need to remember that we are not the only species who are entitled to this home we call Earth. I lear ...more
Dolly
This is a fascinating look at endangered animals, some of which are now extinct, some of which are still on the brink of extinction, and some of which we have successfully saved and are no longer considered endangered. The illustrations are simply gorgeous; the picture of the tiger (cover and p. 11) is so lifelike and beautiful. The information provided in the narrative is informative, but not overwhelmingly detailed. It can easily be read at one sitting, unlike many other non-fiction science bo ...more
Maxbfunk
Mar 29, 2014 Maxbfunk added it
Shelves: nonfiction
Twin Text: How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham. Copyright 2008.

Rationale: How to heal a broken wing is, at its heart, a book about the extent of human kindness and love. The fictional short story about a young boy who finds a bird with a broken wing and his attempts to nurse it back to health, as well as the various methods he uses to keep it healthy and on the mend is beautiful. Paired with a book about various endangered species and the environmental or man made effects that have made them
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Samantha Tai
Apr 13, 2011 Samantha Tai rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book about animals that are extinct, endangered, were nearly extinct and because of conservation efforts have been saved. The illustrations are beautiful. What I thought was especially interesting was one of the animals included was the kakapo, the world's largest parrot found in New Zealand. I am currently reading Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery.
Donalyn
Jenkins introduces reasons why animals become endangered and presents several examples of endangered animals for each cause. Concise information supports research and sparks interest in learning more about the animals. Vicky White's pencil and oil paint illustrations for each animal are amazing with lush detail worthy of an encyclopedia or art book.
Maren Prestegaard
Apr 30, 2016 Maren Prestegaard rated it it was amazing
Non-fiction at its best.
Deborah
Jan 19, 2012 Deborah rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I don't really like books with so obvious a point to make, but this one does it in a way that isn't too bothersome. The writing is very well done (lots of places to use as models) and the illustrations are really gorgeous.
Tanya
Jan 16, 2016 Tanya rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome picture book for elementary age. I read it with a 5-year-old, but only because was was very, very interested in animals. I would say this is better suited to a little older age grouping. It took us about an hour to read in depth with her.

It starts out covering a few animals that have disappeared, some I had never even heard of but were amazing. Marsupial wolf is definitely a new one to me. It does describe extinction versus endangered, seriously but without being too depressin
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Cat Fithian
Jun 04, 2014 Cat Fithian rated it it was amazing
Exquisite illustrations of extinct and endangered species. Simpler text is interspersed with "read-aloud optional" in-depth text with statistics and specs on each animal discussed. Some stories of why and how animals were endangered and either made extinct or saved are also shared. Nicely balanced book between beauty and a difficult, complex topic. Could be shared with kids as young as, say, 2nd or 3rd grade, but I doubt I'd share it with much younger. I would, however, share this with any perso ...more
Mackenzie Beals
Jun 02, 2014 Mackenzie Beals rated it liked it
Shelves: ed-689
This NSTA award-winning book discusses how humans have had a large impact on the animals that we share our world with. Many animals have gone extinct and others are on the brink of extinction. Martin Jenkins believes that all humans have the responsibility of looking after all species or we will live in a world without tigers, elephants, sawfishes, or ground iguanas. In his book, Jenkins gives examples of animals that are extinct and animals that we have saved from extinction. The illustrations ...more
Heydi Smith
Aug 23, 2014 Heydi Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-one-on-one
What an outstanding book about endangered species. It's hard to put down and leaves you wanting more.

Although I do think this book would be best for one on one reading, if you were having an animal event or endangered animal story time it might be worth the time to highlight this book and the key points within.


I loved the formatting and the font and was especially touched by how down to earth their reasoning was for saving the animals and also why the animals are in danger in the first place.
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Mary Ann
Jun 03, 2014 Mary Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 6th, 4th, 5th
Using straightforward but compelling language, Jenkins starts by introducing the concept of what makes animals extinct. "Some of the other animals and plants that we share the Earth with have coped with the changes very well. But some haven't. In fact, some have coped so badly that they're not here any more. They're extinct./ This means we'll never see a live dodo.../ or a Steller's sea cow, or a marsupial wolf, or a great auk..." (pp. 6-8) With clear writing, an almost conversational tone, and ...more
Kellee
Reviewed at: http://www.teachmentortexts.com/2011/...

Summary: Humans are destroying the Earth at an incredible rate and probably don't realize the destruction that this is causing on the animal population. This book shares with the reader endangered animals that may not exist for that much longer if we do not change how we treat the Earth.

What I Think: There is something powerful at work in this book. It's format, it's facts, it's prose, and it's illustrations just all work together so perfectl
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Cathy
Aug 26, 2011 Cathy rated it it was amazing
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The Nonfiction Detectives' review:

There has been a lot of buzz in the kidlit world about Can We Save the Tiger? ever since it was released in February. You might wonder why we haven't reviewed it yet. We launched The Nonfiction Detectives blog in late April, so we were just getting our site off the ground when bloggers and reviewers were singing the book's praises. So without further adieu, here is our review of Can We Save the Tiger?

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Darshana Khiani (Flowering Minds)
This book has a unique pairing of down-to-earth text and stunning animal portraits; the combination is effective in engaging the reader through heart. This is an informative, easy-to-understand book that can be used in any discussion about extinction and wildlife conservation.

The book discusses the effects of human population on the world’s animals. It starts by discussing reasons of why certain species have become extinct (dodo, great auk) or are endangered (tiger). But this book isn’t a downer
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Joanna Marple
Apr 14, 2012 Joanna Marple rated it it was amazing
"The world is quite a big place, you know. But it's not that big, when you consider how much there is to squeeze into it. ....... Us humans have changed the world a lot over the years, to make room for ourselves and to produce the things we need...... Some of the other animals and plants that we share the Earth with have coped with the changes very well. But some haven't."

Martin Jenkins, a conservation biologist, accompanies us around the world on a 56 page journey of phenomenal fauna. From anim
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Big Book Little Book
Jun 10, 2012 Big Book Little Book rated it really liked it
Alison For Big Book Little Book

This is a bit different to all the other reviews I’ve done as this isn’t a fiction book, but a non-fiction book. It’s a book that gives you facts and information rather than telling a story. But then that doesn’t quite sum it up either. The style of writing in this book does make it sound like the author is telling a story; it’s just in this case it’s true. I struggled to work out what age group this book is aimed at. There is quite a lot of writing and some of the
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Roberta Gibson
Mar 31, 2012 Roberta Gibson rated it really liked it
Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins and illustrated Vicky White is a gorgeous picture book with a powerful message and already has won an award as a 2011 Boston Globe – Horn Book honor book for nonfiction. Jenkins introduces the reader to several interesting animals that have gone extinct and others, like the tiger, that are on the verge of extinction due to human activity, while engaging in a dialogue about how complex conservation issues are.

Starting with the dodo, which was last seen in
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Kelsey
Jan 21, 2012 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
Ages: 4-10 years

An introduction to extinct & endangered species including the tiger, sloth bear, partula snails, bison, kakapos, and several more. Jenkins provides explanations regarding the dwindling numbers including beauty, ferocity, need for big stretches of land, introduction of nonnative predators, and disease. Jenkins doesn't ruthlessly blame humans for inhumanity but reveals the reasoning behind past actions--reasons that can be overcome. Jenkins explains success stories and the pote
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Martin Jenkins, a conservation biologist, has written several nonfiction books for children, including Ape, Grandma Elephant’s in Charge, The Emperor’s Egg, and Chameleons Are Cool. He lives in Cambridge, England.
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“When it comes to looking after all the species that are already endangered, there's such a lot to do that sometimes it might all seem to be too much, especially when there are so many other important things to worry about. But if we stop trying, the chances are that pretty soon we'll end up with a world where there are no tigers or elephants, or sawfishes or whooping cranes, or albatrosses or ground iguanas. And I think that would be a shame, don't you?” 2 likes
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