Green Teacher - Debra Bridgman
Award winning... With beautiful photography and inspiring examples of individuals passionately devoted to wildlife conservation, these are excellent resource for the classroom or school library.
Toronto Star - Pippa Wysong
Loads of neat stuff about these amazing animals, why they are endangered, and the cool things people do to try to save them.
Calgary Herald - Leanne Dohy
Excellent... educates young readers about the animal and the challenges it faces in the fight for survival.
Canadian Materials - Gillian Richardson
Challenges readers to learn more and offer support through international conservation organizations... Recommended.
Library Media Connection - Ruie Chehak
[review of series:] Anyone interested in learning more about endangered animals will find these books fascinating... This series will make a strong addition to any school library.
Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
Primary research, lively writing, and dramatic use of color photographs... easygoing layout will attract reluctant readers while the intelligent approach will keep them reading.
Quill and Quire - Maureen Garvie
Bortolotti... knows how to catch and hold an audience while providing top-quality information. The photos are terrific... the writing is lively and direct.
Full of facts, photos and accessible information.
St Catharines Standard - Lian Goodall
Fascinating conservation issues... layout of the books is very strongly done, making them easy to use... subject matter is intellectually exciting.
Canadian Children's Book News - Brenda Halliday
Designed to appeal even to a child who is "not a reader." Yet they are comprehensive enough to provide a good overview for an adult... a balanced exploration of the complex issues involved in the conservation effort.
Resource Links - Linda Irvine
Engaging text, stunning photographs... The text is clear, relatively easy to read and gives very good depth without being ponderous... highly recommended.
Filled with spectacular photos, informative maps and charts and up-to-the minute information... manages to convey hope, while being honest with young readers.
Booklist / RBB - Gillian Engberg
Succinct introductions to the science and practice of wildlife conservation... written in accessible, lively language and nicely illustrated with exciting color photos, these will be useful for reports and browsing.
The beautiful panthera tigris and its peril in today's world are the subjects of this comprehensive discussion of tiger populations and efforts to save them from extinction. There are now five subspecies in Asia, although three others, the Bali, the Java, and the Caspian, have slipped away forever. It's hard to believe that only in 1967 was the first scientific study of wild tigers published. Author Bortolotti describes the characteristics and habitats of the animals, and explores, in segments called "On the Frontlines," vital rescue work being done in China (where perhaps only 30 remain), India, Russia, Malaysia, and Sumatra. "At Work" pages highlight some of the outstanding people dedicated to conserving tiger populations, now threatened mainly by loss of habitat and poaching. Striking color photos show tigers leaping, snarling, stalking, and just looking like the majestic beasts they are, while maps, time lines, and "Fast Facts" help readers understand the tiger's plight. One of many interesting features, called "Tigers and Us," shows how art, literature, and graphics have shaped our perceptions of the great cats through the ages. Lovers of these beautiful predators will find here much to fascinate, including a list of nine tiger rescue organizations with addresses and websites for more information and ways to help. 2003, Firefly, Ages 12 up.
Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
Gr 3-8-Although Bortolotti supplies basic information such as physical characteristics of pandas and tigers, he emphasizes the threats to the animals' survival and ways their chances might be enhanced. Loss of habitat due to expanding human populations in Southeast Asia and China plus hunting account for much of the species' decline. Yet, conservationists and scientists are trying to ensure their future in various ways. Among the books' interesting features are profiles of some of these workers plus visits to areas where conservation programs are in place. Bortolotti doesn't minimize the obstacles, such as convincing practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine to find alternatives to cures made from tiger parts. An engaging writing style accompanied by stunning full-color photographs will hold readers' interest. Those who want to take action themselves can use a list of suggested Web sites at the end. These fascinating, readable accounts not only show children what is being done to save these animals, but also may encourage them to join the efforts.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.