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Author:Saemann, Karyn L.
Position:Can We Save the Tiger? / Terezin: Voices From the Holocaust - Book review - Children's review

Can We Save the Tiger?

Martin Jenkins, author

Vicky White, illustrator

Candlewick Press

99 Dover St., Somerville, MA, 02144

9780763649098, $16.99, www.amazon.com

Non-fiction that doesn't feel like it. Jenkins and White produce a package of words and illustrations that are gloriously young reader-friendly, from the majestic tiger cover art to a final thought, that we need to keep saving endangered animals or more will disappear forever. "And I think that would be a shame, don't you?" Jenkins concludes. In between is a discussion of animals that have disappeared, some that are close to extinction and a few that have returned from the brink. The writing never wavers from completely accessible. "Perhaps it's not too surprising that there aren't that many tigers left," Jenkins writes, after a brief (about a dozen lines) explanation of the reasons for their dying out. Enhancing the readability is the separation of detailed information about each animal from the main text. Information such as the animal's scientific name, where they live and (for those already extinct) the last time they were seen, is set in smaller, caption-sized type alongside the illustrations. And the illustrations, done in pencil and oil, are simply beautiful. White captures the intense eye of a vulture, the arched neck of a whooping crane and the wobbly knees of a newborn bison with great dignity and grace. A near perfect collaboration.

Terezin: Voices From the Holocaust

Ruth Thomson, author

Candlewick Press

99 Dover St., Somerville, MA,...

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