Tuesday 5 October 2010

Saving Tigers

Saving Tigers by Dr Carla Litchfield (black dog books)
PB RRP $16.99
ISBN 978-1-74203-160-6
Reviewed by Vicki Stanton

There was a major scramble for this book when it arrived at our house and it seems that my children are among the majority. According to a poll conducted by Animal Planet, the tiger was voted the world’s favourite animal (even beating the dog). However, as Saving Tigers shows, our love for the tiger has not translated into an assurance of its survival. All subspecies of tigers are endangered. Some are extinct.

Saving Tigers is the newest release in the Rare Earth series for younger readers. The pages are filled with stunning photography of tigers in many moods and situations from the completely helpless newborn to fighting males. My favourite photos are of a tiger mum and her playful cub, and of the tiger walking nonchalantly across the road as tourists frantically snap away.

Reader interest is maintained throughout the book as Litchfield presents (lots of) tiger facts simply and clearly. The information is easy for young readers to understand and moves quickly. I challenge adults to know every fact contained within. Other wild cats are also briefly mentioned and comparisons made with the tiger. The hybrid liger is also explained. Litchfield also discusses the efforts being made world wide to preserve tiger populations.

Saving Tigers follows the same format as its companion book in the series, Saving Pandas, and includes a glossary, index and a reference to tiger websites.

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