Tasmanian Tiger

Tasmanian Tiger

by Janet Riehecky
     
 

With its wolflike body, kangaroo tail, and tiger stripes, the Tasmanian tiger was a frightening sight. And when this toothy beast opened its mouth, it was downright monstrous.

Overview

With its wolflike body, kangaroo tail, and tiger stripes, the Tasmanian tiger was a frightening sight. And when this toothy beast opened its mouth, it was downright monstrous.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The Tasmanian tiger does not look at all like a tiger. With his pouch for carrying his live birth pups, he is something like a kangaroo. With the stripes on his back, he looks similar to a zebra, and with his shape and pointed nose, he resembles a neighborhood dog. However, this tiger was very fierce and strong. His daily diet consisted of small animals and birds, but when hunting in a pack with other tigers, he might capture larger animals like kangaroos. These tigers were small in comparison to the other giants in this series. They were two feet tall, four feet long and weighed in at about sixty pounds. They were still in existence in the 1930s, when they became hunted by sheep ranchers because the tigers were destroying their flocks. The last known tiger lived in a zoo until 1936 in Tasmania. His name was Benjamin. The series “Extinct Monsters” presents six of these giant animals that lived long ago. Through the supplemental pages that offer Internet sites, books to be read, and explanations of unfamiliar words, the reader will increase vocabulary while learning about this tiger. There is also an index and “Monster Facts,” brief facts presented on several pages to increase the reader’s knowledge. This is an excellent addition to Social Studies curriculums for grades 1-3 and higher where reluctant readers are addressed. Reviewer: Joyce Rice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429601184
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Series:
Extinct Monsters Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.11(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Janet Riehecky is a longtime writer for children. She has worked as a high school English teacher, a college professor, and a children's book editor. Her 24 volume series Dinosaurs! won the Summit Award for Best Children's Nonfiction, presented by the Society of Midland Authors, and her Tasmanian Tiger was a Junior Library Guild selection. Janet loves to collect dinosaur bones. On a dig in western Colorado, she dug up the first bone found of a brand new dinosaur, the Mymoorapelta.

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