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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
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Candlewick (first published February 1st 2011)
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Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins is a children's book about endangered species and why it's important to try to save them.

When I first picked this up, I assumed it was going to be about Bengal tigers in general due to the cover illustration. It was a lovely surprise to see that the book touches on numerous different animals, some that are already endangered, and others that are on the brink of extinction.

Students love the illustrations and simple facts. It's a meaningful lesson for the
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.
Rachel Watkins
Nov 18, 2013 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.
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.
Mar 22, 2011 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.
Mar 09, 2011 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.
Jul 06, 2011 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.
Edward Sullivan
Absolutely stunning! Troubling but hopeful. Pair this title with J. Patrick Lewis's Swan Song: Poems of Extinction (Creative Editions, 2003).
Sam Bloom
Any book that mentions the kakapo gets bonus points.
Solid children's science book talking through the concept of species going extinct. Very good writing, good precise illustrations. And the choices of animals covered are a good mixture of the obvious and less obvious. Not really a read-it-yourself but not pitched all that high either. And not too short or too long. Not particular inspirational content, so not a new favorite. But worth reading.
Jul 17, 2013 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
Rory Scott Douglas
Oct 31, 2013 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
Dec 23, 2011 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 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
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
Samantha Tai
Apr 13, 2011 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.
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.
Jan 19, 2012 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.
Maren Prestegaard
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Non-fiction at its best.
Liz Todd
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing read... very readable. Big idea put in terms that make the learning accessible to all.
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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?

Martin Jenkins and Vic
Joanna Marple
Apr 14, 2012 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
Mary Ann
Feb 07, 2011 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
Jan 21, 2012 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
Big Book Little Book
Jun 10, 2012 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
Grade Three
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved when you looked at each page it looked like you could pull the animal out of it! You can’t believe someone even drew it! This is a very good book. It tells you a TON about endangered animals. I really recommend this book!

I love the realistic style of the Illustrations in this book. It really gets you into the story and how we need to help save the animals that are endangered. I love how they emphasize the animal by putting them in color, in a black and white picture. I would recommend t
Mar 29, 2014 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
Roberta Gibson
Mar 31, 2012 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
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
This book is fabulous. The illustrations are detailed, elegant, and realistic, adding substantively to the narrative. While I initially hoped that the book would be all about conservation efforts for tigers, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was more of a comprehensive account of endangered species--the many ways in which animals can become endangered (or extinct), and what we can do to prevent it from happening. I loved the conversational voice of the book, e.g. "Ugly things can be end ...more
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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?” 3 likes
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