Can We Save the Tiger?

Title: Can We Save the Tiger?

Author: Martin Jenkins

Illustrator: Vicky White

Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2011

Ages: 5 – 8

Themes: Endangered Animals, Conservation


“We 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 animals and plants that we share the earth with have coped with the changes very well. But some haven’t.”


Discusses ways that human behavior can either threaten or conserve the amazing animals that share our planet.

Why I Like This Book:

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. Next it provides examples of species brought back from extinction (American bison, white rhino) due to conservation efforts. But the author does remind us that we need to be vigilant and aware since conservationist efforts don’t always work that well, he provides examples of species that have been brought back but are rare (kakapo, whooping crane).

The narrative style feels comfortable and familiar, like you are in a classroom setting listening to the author speaking. The book isn’t preachy. Jenkins actually tries to boil down the complexities and different viewpoints that make these near-extinction issues difficult to solve.

The layout of the book, with its detailed elegant pencil sketches and animal statistics, feels like a field journal. The artwork is simply breathtaking.

This is a “museum quality” book that will stand the test of time, one that will engage readers of any age.

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This review is part of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.


17 Comments to “Can We Save the Tiger?”

  1. I keep hearing such wonderful things about this book! Can’t wait to read it…

  2. What lovely illustrations! This would be a terrific book for kids beginning to explore nonfiction!

  3. Wow! This is totally the kind of book I LOVE. Thank you so much for sharing a beautiful book about endangered animals! And I always like being able to add non-fiction titles. Great choice!

  4. Darshana, this book is a masterpiece. I love it and want to read it. I’m glad it mad the Cybils. My grandson has a fixation with tigers and has adopted one at the Columbus Zoo. Such magestic creatures in danger. By the way, you write excellent book reviews with such ease.

  5. Oh wow. This book looks marvelous. And the content sounds wonderful too. I can’t wait to pick it up. Thank you for introducing it to us.

  6. Wow! This is a must purchase book! The tiger illustrations are gorgeous. Conservation is an important issue that kids can learn about through great books like this one. Thank you for the review!

  7. You beat me to it. 🙂 I was going to do this one next week!

  8. Thanks for sharing a detail of the illustrations. Beautiful. And, a great message too. I look forward to reading this one.

  9. This book looks wonderful, thank you for sharing.

  10. This book has been on my to-read list for a while. The illustrations looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing at The Children’s Bookshelf.

  11. Oh, I just love the idea behind this one! Thanks for sharing it. 🙂

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