Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Vicky White.
This is a beautiful book. But a sad book too.
It introduces the reader to the concept of extinction. That some animals are in danger of going away and never coming back, that some animals already have. But also that there’s still hope.
“There are so many endangered species all over the world that it’s hard to pick out some special ones.
Still, I’m sure you’ll agree that tigers are
I like how the text gets into the complexities of why tigers and other animals are disappearing. Though told with clarity, this is not a simple book. It introduces the concept of invasive species. Of connectivity. It gives page time to Partula snails too. And introduces the Kakapo birds of Australia.
“…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?”
I also appreciate the way the artwork plays with scale as well as going back and forth between line drawings and painted ones. It brings the animals up close, then far away, from a sketchbook to right in front of you.
A perfect book for any budding animal-lover/conservationist.
And check out WWF’s list of endangered species and learn more about each one.